San Luis Obispo County is fortunate to have a broad slate of candidates running for the office of sheriff. One stands out as an excellent choice.
During my public career, I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the skills and commitment of Ian Parkinson. Parkinson showed me a deep understanding of day-to-day operations of our local police department, easily conveying an understanding of the needs and policies of the department for budget and tactical purposes.
More importantly, I witnessed Parkinson’s handling of stressful situations with a calm demeanor and commitment to resolving issues with the lowest impact on the community and department resources.
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San Luis Obispo
Jerry Lenthall has the combined characteristics and attributes that would make a great sheriff. With enough personal exposure to the serious candidates for this important and demanding job, I am comfortable saying that Lenthall brings the right combination of experience and attitude for success.
Joseph A. Smith
Retired Chief Deputy, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department
Cortez is a leader
Police Chief Joe Cortez hired me into the Pismo Beach Police Department in 2002. I felt instantly at home there as everyone worked closely and we all were treated as valued members of the team.
After only a short time on the job, a serious incident occurred that required me to report a theft committed by my direct supervisor. When I met with Chief Cortez the next day regarding the matter, the first thing he asked me was how was I doing? He understood the stress I was under and let me know he respected my courage and integrity in coming forward without hesitation.
I realized that Chief Cortez was committed to honesty, not coverup. Although it could have been easy for the chief to sweep this under the rug, I was grateful I was working for a department with integrity and ethics.
The way this incident was handled is a testimony to the leadership of Chief Cortez, and that is exactly the kind of leadership our sheriff’s department needs. Rachelle LaPan