Sgt. Chris Dorsey (left) shakes hands with Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio at the annual Angels-Murphys Rotary Club award ceremony on June 6. 

The Angels-Murphys Rotary Club recognized Sgt. Chris Dorsey of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office as 2019 Officer of the Year during its annual award ceremony at Murphys Historic Hotel on June 6.

“Sgt. Dorsey was chosen to receive this honor due to his high level of dedication and his unwavering commitment to the citizens of Calaveras County,” read a news release issued by the sheriff’s office. “He is a natural leader in the department who displays exceptional standards of professional conduct. He is skilled at making sound decisions when under pressure and takes decisive action when needed.”

Dorsey was hired by the county in 2003 as a correctional officer and soon went on to attend the police academy, graduating in 2006. He was promoted to corporal in 2013, during which time he worked as a field training officer and a detective, as well as serving on the Office of Emergency Services division.

One of the investigations Dorsey led was a sexual assault case involving two victims. The suspect in the case was recently convicted in a jury trial and sentenced to 340 years-to-life in prison.

According to Sheriff Rick DiBasilio, Dorsey and his family have lived in the area for generations.

“I grew up with his dad, and he grew up with my son. It was good to see a local kid come into the department,” DiBasilio said. “He’s a great kid. It’s a well-deserved award. (Dorsey) has done a lot for the community.”


Dakota graduated from Bret Harte in 2013 and went to Davidson College, NC where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.

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