Lieutenant Mike Parsons obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University of Long Beach in 1999 and a Master of Arts Degree from Hope International University (Fullerton, CA) in 2001. During a portion of this time, he lived abroad in Caceres, Spain. Upon his return, he joined the Fountain Valley Police Department in December of 2001.
Mike graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and worked his first patrol shift in July 2002.Mike worked various assignments including: Field Training Officer, West County SWAT Operator, and Detective. Mike promoted to Senior Officer in 2007, and to Sergeant in 2012.Mike supervised the Traffic Bureau before promoting to Lieutenant in January of 2020. As a Lieutenant, Mike worked as the Investigations Bureau Commander and SWAT Commander.Mike is a graduate of the Golden West Leadership Development Course, the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, and the POST Management course.Mike currently works in the Patrol Division and continues to manage the Department’s Peer Support Team.