Mayor Dave Romero, former sheriff Ed Williams endorse Jerry Lenthall

Sheriff candidate Jerry Lenthall has picked up a joint endorsement from a former county sheriff and the mayor of San Luis Obispo.

Mayor Dave Romero and Ed Williams, who served as sheriff from 1986 to 1998, cited Lenthall's "extensive experience and integrity."

"I know Jerry as a caring and extremely helpful individual with extensive knowledge of police work and government operations, " Romero said.

Williams called Lenthall "by far the most qualified person running for the office. He is a seasoned law enforcement supervisor, and while a member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors ... displayed an ability to deal with complex financial and management issues."

Lenthall spent 30 years in law enforcement, retiring as a sergeant from the San Luis Obispo Police Department in 2003.

He served one term on the county Board of Supervisors before being defeated by Adam Hill in his 2008 bid for re-election.

Romero and Williams said the sheriff's office has been "racked with excessive litigation costs and battered by scandals" and "Lenthall will bring veracity back to the office."

"Jerry has the proven ability and integrity to lead the sheriff's office in these difficult budget times and to restore pride in the office among its members and citizens of our county, " they wrote.

Lenthall has six declared opponents: retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Marilyn Morris of rural Arroyo Grande; retired CHP Sgt. Michael "Tex" Teixeira; sheriff's Deputy Mark J. Adams; former Pismo Beach Police Chief Joe Cortez; entertainment broker Kevin Faircourt; sheriff's Cmdr. Ben Hall; and Ian Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo Police Department captain.