Marlin Young was the 10th sheriff of Madera County. He began his service in 1955, and eight years later, in 1962, he compiled a 45-page “Progress Report” that gives unparalleled insight into the workings of his department at the middle of the 20th century.
We don’t know how many of these reports were published, but recently Lt. Michael Salvador of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office came up with one and with excitement shared it with this writer.
Salvador’s find is a treasure—so much so that it would take a series of articles just to cover its highlights; therefore, we are going to focus on just a small portion.
First his staff. Sheriff Young’s chief assistant was his undersheriff, James B. Haney, who joined the department in February 1946...