Editor,

On June 7, San Mateo County voters have a chance to vote for a far better sheriff than we have now. This vote will be decisive, with no later run-off. Those of us who have been urging for years that Sheriff Bolanos stop turning people over to ICE, and who have noted with dismay the injuries and deaths inflicted on unarmed civilians on his watch, are not impressed with a few very delayed changes.

Christina Corpus, a police captain with 20 years experience including multiple leadership roles, brings plans for increased accountability and better handling of mental health crises together with community involvement and better training for deputies — long overdue. Join me in voting for Christina Corpus for sheriff.

Gail Sredanovic

Menlo Park

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(5) comments

Terence Y

Gail, let’s contrast Corpus’ 20 years of experience and less than a year of leadership experience with Bolanos’ 40 years of experience and over 6 years of leadership experience as Sheriff. I’d prefer Bolanos, with a proven track record of keeping San Mateo County one of the safest in our region.

Westy

The number of years of job experience or the number of years in a job position do not equate to leadership ability. And whether you feel safe in San Mateo County depends very much on your demographic. Our county has 74% of the ICE transfers made in all the 9 Bay Area counties, making us all less safe when portions of the community are afraid to report crimes or cooperate in investigations. When Chinedu Okobi died in 2018 when tasered 7 times by deputies, there were no changes to training resulting from the incident. With the force down by 100 deputies, and deputies reporting an all time low in morale, the Sheriff has done nothing to support them. Affluent areas of the county receive better coverage than less affluent areas such as East Palo Alto. Black residents of San Mateo County are 8 times more likely to be arrested than White residents. It is time for a change.

Tommy Tee

Exactly. Forty years sounds like retirement time. Time for a fresh perspective.

Terence Y

Westy, you are correct in saying the number of years of job experience or the number of years in a job position do not equate to leadership ability (yet Corpus supporters keep bringing it up). Leadership must be supplemented with a track record. In that respect, Bolanos has proven himself to be successful in keeping San Mateo County one of the safest in our region. You can cherry pick cities, or neighborhoods, or individual homes, or incidents but contrast those against the other cities, neighborhoods, individual homes, and incidents that are receiving effective policing. Is there room for improvement? Yes, but I’d prefer improvement from a leader, Bolanos, who has established an effective track record as opposed to Corpus, who has no established track record.

JustMike650

Let it go Terry Y

Why? because your old record as does Carlos's has worn grooves in it. Twice his rank and file in RWC voted a NO CONFIDENCE in him and then all he did was take a jaunt to Henderson - come home - and become Sherriff.

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