Carlos Bolanos

Carlos Bolanos

Christina Corpus

Christina Corpus

The race between incumbent Carlos Bolanos and challenger Christina Corpus for San Mateo County sheriff is heating up, amid changes to law enforcement nationally and locally.

The sheriff runs the largest county department with more than 800 people and is responsible for maintaining jails, public safety, emergency services, lab services, and specialty programs. Bolanos was appointed to sheriff in 2016 by the Board of Supervisors after then-Sheriff Greg Munks stepped down. Bolanos was elected in 2018. Corpus is the Millbrae police chief and captain in the Sheriff’s Office, as Millbrae contracts with the Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

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Curtis Driscoll covers transportation and the cities of San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont and Half Moon Bay. See my other articles:

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(3) comments

Terence Y

Regardless of promises, I’d prefer to vote for Bolanos, with a track record of keeping San Mateo County as one of the safest counties in our region. Corpus needs more leadership experience and after she develops a track record of keeping people safe, perhaps she’ll earn my vote in the future.

Dirk van Ulden

I believe both candidates seem to ignore their basic responsibility which is safety for our citizens. Instead, they seem to focus on coddling criminals and looking for ways to make our community less safe. How in the world will excluding ICE from our judicial system help making our community safer? Why does Corpus think that deporting criminals is cruel to their families while the perpetrators caused that situation themselves? How many of these criminals are repeat offenders? Talking about transparency, how about publishing that information and letting the public know who and why these criminals are released back into our midst? Corpus appears to be more concerned about the criminal element in our community than with those who are their potential victims. On balance, Bolanos will do a better job keeping us safe and not cater too much to those who violate the public trust. We don't need Corpus acting like a social worker but we need a sheriff who understands what our priorities are. Soft on crime is causing mayhem in this country, let's make sure it does not spill over into SMC.


Don't cooperate with feds? Pick and choose enforcement. We had a sheriff like that. Name was "Look the Other Way" McGrath.

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