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When Sue Gunderman saw her boss, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, his command staff and her husband walk into a state-wide conference for sheriff secretaries, she knew something was up. 

“I was speechless and in tears,” she said.

She was awarded the Mary Walsh Administrative Assistant Award Tuesday at the California State Sheriff Association’s Administrative Assistants Conference at the Crown Royal Hotel in Ventura. The late Walsh, who served as senior executive assistant to the San Diego County Sheriff, started the annual meetings.

Gunderman has attended 15 of these conferences and was never before nominated for the award.

“I always discouraged it,” she said.

Boudreaux nominated her for her continued excellence.

“Sue is very deserving,” he wrote in her nomination. “Her loyalty and dedication to the Office of the Sheriff is something to be admired.”

She directs, plans and organizes not only the administrative duties of the Sheriff but for the Undersheriff and Assistant Sheriff as well.

Gunderman began working for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 as the 911 coordinator and was promoted to her current position in 1999. She worked for retired Sheriff Bill Wittman before Boudreaux. 

At the conference in Ventura, she co-facilitated a session on transition of leadership. She said executive assistants to sheriffs need special training. 

“We’re a unique little breed that works for elected officials,” she said.

There are 58 counties in California which means there are just as many sheriffs and executive assistants under them. Gunderman was selected for this prestigious award by the sheriffs.

The best part of her job, she said, is working for Boudreaux.

“He’s energetic and he thinks ahead,” she said.