Tahoe Station Commander Darrell Steinhauer

Portrait of Darrell SteinhauerCareer

Captain Darrell Steinhauer began his career as a deputy with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in 1994.  During that time he worked a variety of assignments, including corrections, patrol, and Investigations.  As a detective he worked both the Property Crimes and Special Investigations Units and has been the lead manager on several projects and programs, both within and outside the Sheriff’s Office.  Darrell was a member of the agency’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) for 17 years, serving as a team member, assistant team leader, and finishing his tenure as team commander.


Upon promotion to Sergeant in 2003, Darrell worked corrections and patrol, serving his final assignment as the Administrative Patrol Sergeant.  After promotion to Lieutenant in 2008 he was assigned to the Placer County Superior Courts, where he assisted in the opening of the Santucci Justice Center in West Roseville.  In 2012 Darrell undertook the role of the South Placer Sub-Station Commander in Loomis.  He promoted to Captain in early 2017 where he was assigned to the Support Services Division, transferring to the Auburn Jail later that year.  In October 2020 Darrell transferred to the Tahoe Station where he currently oversees Sheriff’s Office operations in the Tahoe basin.


Darrell received his master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  He’s currently a board member for the Placer Sheriff’s Activities League (PSAL) and is involved in youth / adult sports and charitable programs. 

Darrell is married and a father of two.