Retired CHP Sgt. Michael Teixeira says he'd donate part of his sheriff salary to fight gangs

Retired California Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael “Tex” Teixeira plans to kick off his campaign for San Luis Obispo County's sheriff Thursday at noon in the lobby of the County Government Center with an announcement that he will give a portion of his salary away if elected.

“I’m going to announce I will give 20 percent of my salary to gang diversion,” he said.

Teixeira worked 36 years for the CHP, including 30 years in Los Angeles. Teixeira retired as the sergeant in charge of fixed-wing aircraft out of the patrol’s Paso Robles office. “In talking to people, I’m hearing more and more that there biggest concern is gang issues,” he said. Noting that he had worked on gang teams with the Los Angeles Police Department, he said the key is try to keep gangs from getting firmly rooted in the area.

Others running for sheriff include former county supervisor and San Luis Obispo police lieutenant Jerry Lenthall; SLO police Capt. Ian Parkinson; former Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez; entertainment broker Kevin Faircourt;  sheriff's Deputy Mark J. Adams and Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Ben Hall.