Randy Sparacino began serving as Mayor of Medford in January of 2021.
Randy grew up in the Klamath Basin, where his parents ran a small boutique fly fishing resort. Even as a teen he had an insatiable work ethic — cleaning horse stalls, and working as a gas station attendant, courtesy clerk, bus boy and fly-fishing instructor. In 1989, he moved to the Rogue Valley and attended Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University). Earlier that year, Randy joined the United States Army National Guard and then the United States Army Reserve, where he served as a Section Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1995. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, he and his wife were partners in a coffee shop, where he received valuable insight into owning a small business, doing this while still being employed at MPD and going to Southern Oregon University.
Randy was hired by the Medford Police Department as a bike cadet in 1990 and then brought on as one of the department's first Community Service Officers in December. In 1994, Randy was hired as a sworn police officer. He moved through the ranks as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Master Police Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Traffic Sergeant, Financial Investigation Section Sergeant, Administrative/Internal Affairs Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant, Patrol Lieutenant, and as Deputy Chief of the Administrative and Technical Service Bureau. He was interim Chief from January-March 2016 when he was appointed as Chief of Police and retired in August 2019.
Randy is a well-rounded leader, demonstrated by holding command positions in both bureaus of the police department. He has extensive knowledge and experience regarding financial, administrative and field operations. During his tenure as the Financial Investigation Service Sergeant, Randy developed the initial policies and procedures for that unit and was instrumental in establishing the Medford Area Cyber Crimes Task Force. Additionally, he managed nearly $2 million in various grant programs. Randy also researched and implemented innovative programs and made changes that provided the department with new technologies. He was instrumental in the design and development of the new police headquarters building and served as project manager.
As Chief, Randy successfully strengthened community and police relations and refocused leadership, as well as implementing a new ethics training program in the department. His efforts improved morale and continued MPD’s reputation as one of the leading law enforcement agencies in Oregon.
Following retirement, Randy served as the Chief Policy Advisor for the City of Medford for seven months, where he oversaw state and federal legislation impacting the municipality.
Randy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Management from Southern Oregon University.
Randy has served on multiple state, regional and local boards and committees, including:
Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors – Representing District 11
Emergency Communication of Southern Oregon Intergovernmental Council – Past Chair and Past Vice-Chair
City of Central Point Budget Committee – Past Member, Chair and Past Vice-Chair
Rogue Community College Board of Education – Past Member and Past Vice-Chair
Jackson County Airport Advisory Committee – Current Member and Current Chair
Goodwill Board – Past Board Member
Randy and his wife Jennifer have a son, Stefano, who graduated Cum Laude from Concordia University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Sports Science. Randy’s hobbies include fishing, camping, golfing and enjoying time with his family.