Retired probation officials, former CMC warden endorse Jerry Lenthall

A trio of corrections veterans has endorsed Jerry Lenthall in his effort to become the county's next sheriff.

Lenthall has picked up the endorsements of retired county Probation Department Chiefs Kim Barrett and Donald King, along with that of Dan McCarthy, former California Men's Colony warden and retired director of the state Department of Corrections.

"For over 25 years, I worked with Jerry Lenthall in his capacity as a police officer and county supervisor, " Barrett said. "Jerry possesses the honesty, integrity, education and experience necessary to lead the Sheriff's Department."

Lenthall, who retired as a sergeant from the San Luis Obispo Police Department in 2003, spent 30 years in law enforcement. In 2004, he was elected to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. He lost his bid for re-election in 2008.