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County of Madera



FEMA defines Hazard Mitigation as any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards. Hazard mitigation planning is a process for state and local governments to identify community-level policies and actions to mitigate and thus reduce the impacts of natural hazards

Madera County is partnering with the cities of Chowchilla and Madera and several special districts to update their 2011 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  Flood, drought, earthquake, and wildfire are just a few of the hazards to the Madera communities.  While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, an LHMP forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction. Communities with a FEMA- approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur.

2011 Madera County and City of Chowchilla LHMPs

Link to Madera County LHMP                                                                                                                      

Link to Chowchilla LHMP

 Opportunities for Input

Members of the community have a very important role in this process. A draft of the 2017 LHMP Update will be available on this website in late summer of 2017 for review and comment by the public and all interested stakeholders. 

Planning team and public meetings will also be held as part of the plan development process.  In addition to plan participation by Madera County, incorporated communities, and state and federal agencies, the public is encouraged to attend and participate in both our planning and public meetings.  Information on specific meeting times and locations are detailed below.

Upcoming Meetings

 Upcoming Meetings              Date/Time/Location

For more information on this project and how to be involved, contact Joseph Wilder at (559)-675-7770 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The Madera County Sheriff's Department was formed in 1893, the same year the County of Madera was founded. The county’s first Sheriff, W.H. Thurman, served from 1893 to 1895.

Now serving his first term in Office, Sheriff Jay Varney is the 15th Sheriff to serve Madera County. Sheriff Jay Varney is the Chief Law Enforcement officer and Chief Coroner of Madera County. He is responsible for providing public protection and investigating crimes that occur within the unincorporated areas of Madera County.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Department is divided into three distinct and critical levels, all of which operate under the direction of Sheriff Varney Those sections are: the Valley Division, Mountain Division, and Administrative Division which oversees the offices of records, dispatch, civil process and court security.

County Mission/Vision Statements

Mission Statement

Madera County's Mission is to serve the public interest in a fiscally responsible manner by providing efficient, cost effective customer service, promoting public health and safety while creating new possibilities with partnerships through a diversified economy.

Vision Statement

Madera County is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, with integrity, and is committed to the highest quality of life for all.

General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311