One day after former County Supervisor Jerry Lenthall announced he will run for sheriff next year, the man who defeated him for the supervisor's seat endorsed his opponent.
Adam Hill, who ousted Lenthall from his position as Third District supervisor in 2008, called Ian Parkinson a better choice for the county's top law enforcement position. Parkinson is a captain with the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
Supervisor Frank Mecham, also elected for the first time last year, joined Hill in backing Parkinson.
Both men said Parkinson is best suited to create a constructive and trusted relationship with the Board of Supervisors.
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The two noted that their joint endorsement demonstrates support for Parkinson in both the North and South County. Mecham, a former mayor of Paso Robles, represents the Fourth District.
Hill added a shot at Lenthall.
"I don't know how someone can lose his re-election bid by 17 points and think that recommends him for another office, " he said. He called Lenthall's entry to the race "a rather curious decision."
Lenthall and Parkinson will face off against former Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez, CHP Sgt. Michael Teixeira, entertainment broker Kevin Faircourt, Sherif f's Department Deputy Mark J. Adams and department Cmdr. Ben Hall.
Incumbent Pat Hedges has said he will retire.