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Applicants Needed to Fill Elected Office Vacancy

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May 13, 2009

The Board of Supervisors appointment process has begun for a new County Sheriff.

Sheriff William Kolender is expected to retire from the job on July 2, after serving as Sheriff for 14 years. The job is an elected post, but since Kolender is retiring before his term would have ended in January 2011, the Board of Supervisors must follow a specific appointment process outlined in County Board policy.

The County will accept applications beginning on Wednesday, May 13 at 8 a.m. through Wednesday, June 10 at 5 p.m. All candidates must obtain the application and submit it in person at the office of the Clerk of the Board, which is located at the County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402.

Pursuant to state law, all candidates must have certain minimum qualifications to become Sheriff.

Such requirements include experience as a POST-certified peace officer, with at least an advanced training certificate, or combined education and experience that range from possessing a master’s degree and one year of full-time salaried law enforcement experience within the last five years preceding the date of filing for the office of Sheriff, to a high school diploma or equivalent with at least four years of law enforcement experience.


Specific requirements for the position
Watch public service announcement (wmv)


It is anticipated that the Board will hear from and review the qualifications of all of the applicants at a hearing on June 16, and then select no more than five finalists. On June 23, the Board will hold another hearing to review the finalists and make their selection.

The Sheriff heads a large department of approximately 4,000 employees, both sworn officers and professional support staff. The Department provides general law enforcement, detention and court services for residents in San Diego County.

More information
Application packet


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