Joshua Clayton was born and raised in the central valley of California. He graduated from Johansen High School in 2000 and attended Modesto Junior College before joining the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office in 2005. He is currently the Chief of Police for the city of Patterson, a contract city of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s office he has worked as a patrol operations deputy, detective, court bailiff and contract city deputy serving the communities of Patterson and Hughson. He was also a member and team leader on the SWAT team for over 10 years. He is currently in charge of the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).
In 2011 Josh decided to attend law school. Due to his work situation he elected to attend Humphrey’s Laurence Drivon School of Law in Stockton. The school offers a night program for working students. He made the drive three nights a week for approximately three and a half years after work to school. During his time at the Laurence Drivon School of law Josh participated in the Inns of Court and he graduated as the salutatorian. Josh sat for and passed the February 2015 California Bar exam. He was admitted to the California Bar thereafter. He practices in the area of estate and business planning.
In his free time Josh travels. As much as possible. Although sidelined by COVID-19 some his recent destinations include the UK, Canada and Italy. When he is not travelling you are likely to find him in the gym or riding an electric skateboard with his dog. Relying on his skills learned in law school, Josh has helped set up and maintain several non-profits in the area that help improve our community. Josh is especially involved with the Women’s Education and Leadership League (WELL) with his wife, Alana, whose mission it is to empower women.