Captain Michael Lujan joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in October 1989. He attended the 113th Basic Peace Officer’s Academy. Upon graduating, Captain Lujan was assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center working jail operations. In September 1993, he was transferred to the Lake Elsinore Station where he completed the field training program as a Deputy Sheriff. He continued serving Lake Elsinore in assignments as; Patrol, Lake Operations, Community Orientated Policing and as a Field Training Officer. In November 2000, Captain Lujan was transferred to the Perris Station, where worked Patrol and continued as a Field Training Officer.
In January 2002, he was promoted to Investigator and assigned to the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit. There he conducted homicide, deputy involved shootings and in-custody death investigations. In October 2005, Captain Lujan was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station. He supervised Lake Operations, Crime Prevention, Logistics, City Events and Patrol. In August 2006, he returned to the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, where he supervised homicide investigators in the performance of their duties.
In January 2002, Captain Lujan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and held administrative assignments within the Corrections Bureau. In March 2015, he was transferred to the Jurupa Valley Station. He managed the law enforcement contracts for the City of Jurupa Valley, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Jurupa Unified School District and the Alford Unified School District. In addition, to managing the Investigations Bureau and patrol.
On January 17, 2019, he was promoted by Sheriff Chad Bianco to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station. Captain Lujan manages law enforcement services for several unincorporated communities. He serves as the Chief of Police for the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. Captain Lujan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Phoenix. He holds a Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Management POST certificates. He and his wife Freda reside in the City of Menifee and have two adult daughters.