Sheriff Babeu won his first term in 2008, in a landslide victory over the incumbent. In so doing, he became the first Republican elected in the history of Pinal County (founded in 1875). Sheriff Babeu served for over 20 years in the Army National Guard, entering as a Private/E-2 and retiring with the rank of Major. During his tenure he served a tour in Iraq and spent 16 months deployed in Arizona as a Commander with Operation Jump Start (OJS), Southwest Border Mission. Major Babeu commanded over 700 men and women on the United States border with Mexico. Sheriff Babeu started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer for the City of Chandler, AZ. Sheriff Babeu is originally from Massachusetts, where he served as Headmaster & Executive Director of DeSisto Private Boarding School. He was frequently recognized for his effectiveness in personnel management and fiscal abilities. He also served in local government as a city council member and four years as Berkshire County Commissioner.