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Monterey County, CA March 5, 2002 Election
Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator; County of Monterey Voter Information

Results as of Mar 18 6:22pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (188/188)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Mike Kanalakis 16318 votes 30.4%

  • Occupation: Sheriff's Commander
  • Masters Degree in Public Administration
  • Employee of the Year 2000 Award
  • Interum Police Chief in Greenfield
  • Commander Salinas Area Patrol Station
  • Commander, Spec. Ops, & Coroner's Divisions
  • Commander, SWAT, K-9, Gang Unit
  • Criticial Events Preparation and Coordination
  • Gang Suppression
  • Drugs Eradication
Lonnie Heffington 11195 votes 20.9%
  • Occupation: Sheriff's Commander
  • 31 years Sheriff's Department service
  • 22 yrs as manager, administrator, & executive
  • Served as Chief Deputy under two Sheriffs
  • Master's Degree in Management
  • FBI National Academy/CA Command College
  • Lifelong resident of Monterey County
  • Emergency Operations and Responses
  • Aggressive Recruitment and Retention Policies
  • Community Outreach / Drug and Gang Diversion Programs
Terry Lee Kaiser 6756 votes 12.6%
  • Occupation: Investigative Staff Sergeant
  • FBI National Academy graduate
  • Professional anti-terrorist training
  • 31-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department
  • DEA Commander's Academy graduate
  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Supervisor, Property Crimes Unit of Sheriff's Dept.
  • Restore the five day work week for deputies
  • End the budget crisis in the Sheriff's Department
  • Bring the Narcotics Division to full strength
Steven R. Villegas 6196 votes 11.5%
  • Occupation: Sheriff Investigator
  • B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento
  • Completing Executive Master's Degree @ Golden Gate University
  • Year 2000, recognized by Local Latino Network, U.S. Congress, and California State Assembly for community service work
  • 1977 to 1978 - Employed at Monterey County Sheriff's Department
  • 1978 to 1982 - Worked as Police Officer for Salinas Police Department
  • 1982 to Present - Returned back to work for Monterey County Sheriff's Department
  • Fill remaining vacancies of deputy sheriffs to maximum staffing so the highest level of service may be provided to the community
  • Restore the Sheriff's Gang Unit and increase Special Enforcement Unit to battle local gang issues and provide service to special crime issues
  • Promote integration of the community and Sheriff's department as a whole
James Louis "Jim" Cronin 5598 votes 10.4%
  • Occupation: Sheriff's Detective Commander
  • BA in Social Science from CSUF
  • Undercover Narcotics Detective, Special Deputy US Marshal
  • 25 years experience in all phases of the Monterey County Sheriff's Department
  • Hold POST Basic, Advanced, Sepervisory and Management certificates
  • 5 years King City Patrol Station Commander
  • 5 years SWAT Deputy, 10 years SWAT Sergeant, 3 years SWAT Commander
  • Restore trust between the management of the Sheriff's Department, the rank and file, and the public we serve.
  • Give more authority to the individual Sheriff's stations to better work with the community to solve local problems.
  • Increase Spanish language skills by both recruiting more bilingual deputies and utilizing the DLI to teach Spanish to existing deputies.
Roque Flores "Rocky" Ugale 4717 votes 8.8%
  • Occupation: Chief Investigator for the Monterey County District Attorney
  • Police Officer of the Year-Salinas Police Department
  • Numerous comendations from Police Chiefs and the Sheriff of Monterey County
  • Started the first gang unit for the Salinas Police Department, which is now a role model for county agencies
  • BA Degree in Management from St. Mary's College of California
  • The only candidate to work the gang problems and implement succesful gang diversion tactics
  • Immediately fill all open deputy positions with help from State Funding and Grant opportunities
  • Retain deputies by providing career development skills
  • Implement an improved gang unit to take the bite out of crime
Stephen Sapiro 1820 votes 3.3%
  • Occupation: Deputy Sheriff
James V. Scariot, Sr. 950 votes 1.7%
  • Occupation: Sheriff's Sergeant
  • BS- Bus. Admin/Mgmt San Jose State
  • Sherman Block Leadership Institute
  • Monterey County Leadership Institute
  • Am. Legion Dep. Volunteer of Year 2001
  • Dept. Coordinator Special Olympics 2002
  • Adult Advisor Explorer Post #211
  • Accountability at all levels within the department.
  • Increase public service to the communities we protect.
  • Maintain high standards in recruiting and retention.

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Wednesday-February 20, 2002, 6:30 p.m. at the Prunedale Grange located at 17890 Moro Road. The forum is co-sponsored by the North County Citizens' Oversight Coalition and the League of Women Voters of the Salinas Valley. The forum will be moderated by the latter. Written questions are from the audience and answered by candidates with equal time to all. Come and decide which candidate you'll vote for. If you can't make it to the forum, listen to KTX 1460AM on your radio for a live broadcast. Questions? Call Stephanie Loose at 757-2871.
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