San Joaquin Administrators Considering Replacements for Sheriff Dunn
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors is looking over a "short" list of candidates to replace former Sheriff Baxter Dunn who stepped down in the wake of a corruption scandal. But as Bob Hensley reports, the “short” list could become a bit longe
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
County administrators pared a list of 17 candidates down to four. Finalists include two retired officers from the local Sheriff’s Department, a ranking Highway Patrol Officer, and a retired Merced County Sheriff. Representatives of the San Joaquin department expressed disappointment that no active duty officers are on the “short” list. John Williams, President of the Sheriff Deputy Sergeant’s Association says an insider would be more effective. WILLIAMS :06—As that person would have a greater knowledge of the policies, practices, procedures that the department is facing today. Board Chairman Steve Gutierrez said it’s likely the list will be expanded. GUTIERREZ :04—My instinct is that you’ll see a couple of more names. Gutierrez didn’t say if the additions would be from inside or outside the department. The county needs a replacement for Baxter Dunn, who resigned after pleading guilty to extortion charges. A decision could come as early as next Tuesday. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.