Robert McDonald has worked for the Sheriff's Office since 1992, and is currently assigned as the Bureau Chief of Support Services.
During his tenure with the Office Chief McDonald has had the opportunity to work in all three Bureaus of the Sheriff's Office. He began his career in the Detention Bureau, working as a Deputy Sheriff in the now closed Metro Detention facility and was a founding member of the Special Response Team (SRT). He also worked in the Intake and Release Section before transferring to the Law Enforcement Bureau. Since his transfer to Law Enforcement, his assignments have included Patrol, Special Enforcement Detail, Fugitive Apprehension, Investigations, K-9, SWAT, Metro Vice Narcotics and Intelligence (VNI) and Special Operations. He has served as the Commander for Emergency Services, Administrative Services, and Support Operations in the Support Services Bureau. He has over 2,000 hours of specialized law enforcement training, including being a graduate of the 252nd FBI National Academy, Penn State's Police Executive Development Course (POLEX), Southern Police Institute's Homicide Investigation Course and the FBI Hazardous Devices School for Executive Management.
Before beginning his career with the Sheriff's Office, Chief McDonald served seven years in the U.S. Army. Chief McDonald left the military as a Chief Warrant Officer serving as an Attack Helicopter Pilot. One of his last assignments was as an AH-64 pilot in command. He is a proud veteran of operation Desert Storm.