Division Chief Kathleen Barnes has served 24 years with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Barnes began her ABC law enforcement career as an Agent in eastern Los Angeles County.
Division Chief, Southern Division
Barnes promoted to the ranks of Supervising Agent and Supervising Agent in Charge in the desert regions of San Bernardino and Riverside County, northwestern Los Angeles County and the Special Operations Unit. In 2012, she promoted to Deputy Division Chief and in 2017 she was promoted to the highest level leadership role in the southern part of California as Division Chief overseeing 176 personnel in 13 district offices covering from San Luis Obispo County to the Mexico border.
Division Chief Barnes has served as a department Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Backgrounds, and Internal Affairs investigator, since 2007. Barnes was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Department’s initial formalized Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. Barnes worked collaboratively with ABC Northern Division and developed the critical elements required to effectively and consistently evaluate an agent’s work performance and continuous training.
Prior to beginning her career with ABC, Barnes obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, San Bernardino. Barnes was selected to attend and successfully completed the FBI California Law Enforcement Executive Development Management Course and recently completed the Peace Officer Standards and Training IDI Leadership course.
Division Chief Barnes is known for establishing open lines of communication internally and externally while developing strong working relationships with the public, allied agencies, and ABC stakeholders. Barnes enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.