You'll Be In Good Company When You Endorse Kevin Jensen.

2022 Endorsements & Supporters

SANTA CLARA COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION

SANTA CLARA COUNTY CORRECTIONAL PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

SAN JOSE POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION

GILROY POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION

MORGAN HILL POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION

LOS ALTOS PEACE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION

 

MILPITAS POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION

PORAC: PEACE OFFICERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

SANTA CLARA COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 1165

SUNNYVALE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

LOS GATOS POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION

 

SANTA CLARA COUNTY RESERVE DEPUTY SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION

SANTA CLARA POLICE OFFICERS'ASSOCIATION

SANTA CLARA COUNTY PARK

RANGERS' ASSOCIATION

WOMEN LEADERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ENDORSE KEVIN JENSEN FOR SHERIFF

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION

SAN MATEO COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION

CEMA - COUNTY EMPLOYEES MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

SOUTH BAY AFL-CIO LABOR COUNCIL

UA LOCAL UNION 393

PALO ALTO ONLINE

LOS ALTOS TOWN CRIER

HONORABLE DAVE CORTESE

Senator, State of California

HONORABLE MIKE WASSERMAN

Supervisor, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors,

President of Board

HONORABLE BLANCA ALVARADO

Supervisor, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (Ret.)

HONORABLE MAGDALENA CARRASCO

San Jose City Council

HONORABLE JUDY CHIRCO

City of San Jose (Vice Mayor) (Ret.)

HONORABLE BOB WINTER

Santa Clara County Sheriff Office (S.C.C.S.O.), Sheriff, (Ret.)

HONORABLE DOLORES CARR

Fmr Santa Clara County District Attorney;

Superior Court Judge (Ret.) 

HONORABLE DON GAGE

Former Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Chair

and Gilroy Mayor

HONORABLE JOHNNY KHAMIS

San Jose City Council

HONORABLE MARIE BLANKLEY

Mayor of Gilroy

HONORABLE GREER STONE

Palo Alto City Council

HONORABLE RICH TRAN

Mayor City of Milpitas

HONORABLE ARMANDO GOMEZ

Former Vice Mayor City of Milpitas

HONORABLE MANUEL VALERIO

Former Mayor Sunnyvale CA.

HONORABLE RAYMOND J. DAVILLA, JR.

Santa Clara County Superior Court (Ret.)

HONORABLE REFUGIO LLAMAS

Los Banos City Council

HONORABLE SWANEE EDWARDS

Santa Clara County Elections Commissioner

State Democratic Delegate for Senate District 17

HONORABLE STEVE LODGE

Chief of Police, Santa Clara PD (Ret.)

CARL GUARDINO

Fmr CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group*

(*organization for identification purposes only)

REVEREND JETHRO MOORE II

Past President, NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley

GREG FINCH

Chief of Police, Campbell PD (Ret.)

RON LEVINE

Chief of Police, Foothill/DeAnza PD (Ret.)

GINA (HAYES) DI NAPOLI

Chief, San Jose State University (Ret.)

LYNN JOHNSON

Palo Alto P.D. Chief (Ret.)

JOHN HIROKAWA

Department of Corrections Chief (Ret.)

BOB WILSON

S.C.C.S.O. Undersheriff (Ret.)

DENNIS BACON

S.C.C.S.O. Undersheriff (Ret.)

SKIP SHERVINGTON

S.C.C.S.O. Assistant Sheriff (Ret.)

ED FLORES

S.C.C. Department of Correction CHIEF (Ret.)

DENNIS BURNS

Palo Alto P.D. Chief (Ret.)

SCOT SMITHEE

Gilroy P.D. Chief (Ret.)

BOB BRENNAN

Atherton Chief (Ret.)

LUCY CARLTON

Los Altos P.D. Chief (Ret.)

ROBERT J. SILANO

Director, Board Vice President,

Menlo Park Fire Protection District

 

ESTHER PERALEZ-DIECKMANN

Silicon Valley Community Leader

CRIME VICTIMS UNITED

The Voice for Victims and Public Safety

MARC KLAAS

Father of Polly Klaas, Missing-Child Advocate 

SILICON VALLEY PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY FOUNDATION

ED KRESSY

Author/Speaker, FBI Directors Community Leadership Award

(DCLA) recipient 2018

SANFORD D. MANGOLD

Colonel, USAF (Ret.) Executive Director, FBINCAAA (Ret.) Adjunct Professor (Emergency Management), University of Nevada Las Vegas 

ANGELA BORRICUA TIRADO

"The Voice of San Jose"

ANN RAVEL

Santa Clara County Counsel (Ret.)/CA Fair Political Practices Commission 8-3-21

FRANK CARBAJAL

Founder of Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit

MARCEL PAJUELO-SCHWARTZ, Ph.D

Fmr. Human Relation Commission Santa Clara County

OMAR TORRES

San Jose Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees

MAX BOSEL

Mt. View P.D. Chief (Ret.)

JESSICA NOWASKI

Deputy Police Chief, Mountain View PD (Ret.)

JIM ORTEGA

Sac. S.O. Capt. (Ret.)

DALE UNGER

S.C.C.S.O. Capt. (Ret.)

MARK EASTUS

S.C.C.S.O. Captain (Ret.)

T.K. DAVIS
S.C.C. Captain (Ret.)

KEVIN RUMLEY

Reserve Captain, 39 Yr SCCSO

CATHERINE WAYNE

CA Highway Patrol Area Commander (Ret.)

BOB COOKE

Special Agent in Charge, CA Department of Justice (Ret.)

BEN FAIROW

BART PD Assistant Chief (Ret.)

SCOTT SAVAGE

S.J.P.D. CAPT (Ret.) 

OCTAVIA T. PARKER

San Diego S.O. Captain (Ret.)

ALANA FOREST

Los Gatos P.D. Captain (Ret.)

BLANCA HOYT

Captain, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office (Ret.)

TERESA A. REAGLE

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions, Regional Director, (Ret.)

JOSE SALCIDO

Santa Clara County DSA Past President

JOE LAJEUNESSE

Santa Clara County Deputy (ret.2018)

Former Candidate for Sheriff, Major, Army (retired)

MAX SANTIAGO

California Highway Patrol, Deputy Commissioner (Ret.)

STEVE CUSHING

S.C.C.S.O. Undersheriff (Ret.)

JOHN B. CARR, SR.

Lieutenant San Jose Police Department (Ret.)

STEVE MELLO

 Mountain View PD Sgt. (Ret.)

TED ATLAS

 Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Sgt. (Ret.)

BARBARA PONZE

Retired President CPOA

ARITA CHRISTIAN

S.C.C. Exec. Sec. Superior Court

CRAIG CHEW

Alameda D.A. Chief Investigator

TOM BREWER

S.C.C. D.A. Chief Investigator (Ret.)

ROGER HIGBY

Modesto P.D. Sgt. / NASA P.D. Lt. (Ret)

JOHN COSTA

Palo Alto P.D. Sgt. (Ret.)

ELVIE BARRON TEODORO

CEO, Evergreen School of Music and Arts

FE CASEM

Co-Owner Realtor, IBIS Realty

AGNES BURWELL

CEO All About Seniors

ADRIANO NADERI

President, Nurse Builders Academy

STEVE FERDIN

Fugitive Watch CEO

CHRISTOPHER R. CARROLL

CEO Copenbarger and Copenbarger LLP

RASHAD M. SAID

Frmr Exec Director & Owner, Advanced Vocational Institute, work2future, City of San Jose

SANDRA SANCHEZ VARELAS

Financial Services & Tax Preparation

RICK ROBLES

Adult Program Manager, Equus Workforce Solutions, San Jose

JOSE FABIAN CANO

Office Supervisor, DHL Supply Chain, Livermore CA

ISAAC VARGAS

Phlebotomist Saint Louise Regional Hospital, Gilroy CA

ELLISON YUFENYUY

Frmr Law Enforcement Officer, Foreign Language Professor at Gilroy Unified School District, Gilroy CA

JIM GILLIO

Gilroy Police Captain (Ret.), Prior San Benito County Supervisor

BRIAN RAUSCHHUBER

Campaign Mgr Kevin Jensen for Sheriff 2022/2014, Former

Apple Executive WW Operations (Ret.)

ANTHONY E. ZUIKER

Creator of the TV phenomenon CSI

Here's What Santa Clara County Supporters Have to Say about Kevin:

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Dear Mr. Jensen:

 

On behalf of the County Employees Management Association (CEMA), I am pleased to inform you that we have endorsed your candidacy for Santa Clara County Sheriff.

 

CEMA empowers our members to improve the quality of their professional lives by advocating for improvements in salary, benefits, working conditions, and professional environment. It is important for CEMA to bring accountable leadership and ethical management to all levels of the organization our members work in, as well as fighting for social justice through community alliances, electoral politics, and by promoting solidarity among all working people.

 

We recognize and appreciate your support for issues and values important to our members, and we believe that you will bring trustworthy leadership and real solutions with your nearly three decades of experience. CEMA is excited that you are going to be working collaboratively with all the unions and associations who are so vital to the public service mission at the Sheriff’s Office in setting a new standard of conduct with ethics and integrity as the foundation driven to keep Santa Clara County safe. - Carla Collins, CEMA Senior Vice President CEMA Political Action Committee Chair, Dolores Morales, CEMA President CEMA Political Action Committee Co-Chair, Jesse Castaneda, CEMA Member-at-Large CEMA Political Action Committee Co-Chair.

 

 

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Dear Mr. Jensen, 

 

On behalf of Crime Victims United of California (CVUC), it is my pleasure to inform you of our endorsement for your election as the Santa Clara County Sheriff. Our Board of Directors met last week and unanimously voted to place you on our consent calendar due to your strong stance on victims’ rights issues.

 

As you know, CVUC is a bi-partisan, statewide organization comprised of victims of crime, law enforcement officials, legal professionals and others who work to protect and enhance public safety. These professionals, along with CVUC, work to promote effective crime reduction measures and strengthen the rights of crime victims.

- Harriet Salarno, Founder/Chair CVUC

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Santa Clara County (CA)  On January 31, 2022, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County (DSA) voted overwhelmingly to endorse former Captain Kevin Jensen for Sheriff of Santa Clara County. Our membership believes that Jensen is the most qualified candidate to improve public safety throughout Santa Clara County.

“Former Captain Kevin Jensen’s leadership qualities emphasize the level of trust, integrity, and compassion that is expected from our elected leaders, by the Deputy Sheriff’s Association membership, as well as the residents of Santa Clara County,” said Ryan Elder, President of the Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. “We wholeheartedly endorse his commitment to bring focused leadership and a collaborative spirit to address the many challenges our department is facing.” - Ryan Elder, President, Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Other member of the DSA Board of Directors.

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“On February 23, 2022, the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers Association (SCCCPOA) endorsed former Captain Kevin Jensen for Sheriff of Santa Clara County. The SCCCPOA represents one of the largest law enforcement unions in the Bay Area. To quote James Webb VP of the SCCCPOA "It was extremely important that the candidates share our core values and code of ethics" Together we can strive for a better tomorrow.  James Webb introduced Kevin by stating, “This candidate not only has the knowledge and experience necessary to be a great leader but also has demonstrated a passion for community involvement.” - James Webb, VP SCCCPOA

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“On February 22, 2022, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association (SJPOA) endorsed former Captain Kevin Jensen for Sheriff of Santa Clara County. Sean Pritchard, President of the SJPOA stated in his formal communication to Kevin, “I am pleased to inform you that the San Jose Police Officers Association has endorsed your candidacy for Sheriff of Santa Clara County. We believe you have the experience, knowledge and plans to improve the department and keep our residents and businesses safe. We look forward to working with you in a collaborative manner to improve public safety services throughout Santa Clara County”. - Sean Pritchard, President

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"On behalf of the Executive board of the Santa Clara County Firefighters IAFF Local 1165, AFL-CIO, I am pleased to offer you our endorsement for your election to the Sheriff of Santa Clara County.The Santa Clara County Firefighters are proud of our long-standing relationship with our local leaders, and we carefully choose who we endorse for office. The more than 270 members of our organization are looking forward to your success in this election and working with you in the future". - Chris Ingram, President

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I am pleased to inform you the Gilroy Police Officers’ Association has endorsed your candidacy for Santa Clara County Sheriff. Our decision is based upon your years of experience, and leadership with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the County as a whole. We believe you will instill a culture of integrity and collaboration within our community, and will represent the City of Gilroy, and the County of Santa Clara, well. Please let me know if I, or another Association Board Member, can be of any further assistance.  - Christopher Silva, President Gilroy Police Officers’ Association

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Our organization will help where we can.  We believe that Mr. Jensen exemplifies the integrity and values that are needed for this position and we know that he has the full faith of both the Santa Clara DSA and the Santa Clara CPOA. - Ethan Rumrill, President, Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association

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"I endorse Kevin Jensen for Sheriff because he has the necessary public safety skills to protect and care for the citizens of Santa Clara County.  More importantly, he will bring a common-sense leadership philosophy along with genuine compassion for all people no matter what side of the law you find yourself on.  Kevin will bring the much-needed business changes in policing and corrections while treating people fairly and with respect. "

- Skip Shervington, S.C.C.O Assistant Sheriff 

"We need leadership in Santa Clara County that understands the complex issues faced by Victims of Crime.   Kevin Jensen has demonstrated integrity as well as effective decision making in the often tumultuous field of law enforcement. "

- Teresa A. Reagle: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Institutions,

Regional Director, Retired.

I have know Kevin for over 15 years. A true law enforcement professional in the areas of training, education, and experience. Santa Clara county will be best served by Kevin Jensen as Sheriff with his many years in the public safety arena.

 

- Robert J. Silano, Director, Board Vice President Menlo Park Fire Protection District

I have known, and worked with, Kevin since he started with the Sheriff's Department. Our career paths often intersected and I have always known him to be a man of integrity and honor. I think highly enough of Kevin that I served as the Director of Operations on his previous campaign. At that time we talked about how to turn the Sheriff's Department around from the mismanagement that it was forced to operate under. Eight years have not improved that situation, and quite possibly it is worse than it was but Kevin Jensen is still the best person to make those changes. He will engage all stakeholders including the sworn and non-sworn employees, other law enforcement agencies, other entities within County government, community organizations, groups that represent incarcerated persons and their families, mental health advocates and the citizens of Santa Clara County. 

- Ted Atlas, Sergeant, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office (Ret.)

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“I have worked with Kevin Jensen for over 20 years on County wide committees and training.  He has consistently demonstrated a desire to help others while maintaining the highest level of integrity. He wants to be our next Santa Clara County Sheriff for all the right reasons.  He places the needs of others above his own and is driven to make a positive difference in our communities.  I know him well, and he has earned my respect.  Please support Kevin in his bid to by our next Sheriff. “

 

- Scot Smithee: Chief, Gilroy Police Department (Ret.)

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The above is a photo of Kevin and I (Catherine Wayne) when we participated in a Law Enforcement Torch run to support the Special Olympics.

"My name is Catherine Wayne and I retired from the California Highway Patrol after more than 27 years of service in which all my time was spent in the Bay Area. The last 4 years of my career I spent as the Commander of the San Jose Area which included Santa Clara County. During that time, I met Kevin Jensen at an FBI National Academy training luncheon and was immediately impressed with his enthusiasm, insight, and his vision of the Law Enforcement Profession. Since that meeting, we have continued to maintain a professional relationship over the years, and I consider him a friend. Kevin and I share many of the same leadership perspectives which includes, trust, accountability, integrity, and the crucial importance of collaboration within your agency, other agencies, and the community we serve. When Kevin left the Sheriff’s Department in 2013, he was a highly respected and trusted servant in the community.

 

Kevin’s passion to honorable service of others is one of his greatest attributes. Most of the issues which have plagued and tarnished the Law Enforcement profession has been a direct result of a lack of strong leadership skills at all levels. Having the ability to rebuild trust within agencies and communities, takes a leader with a new vision and a heart-felt passion to serve those who have entrusted them. I strongly believe that Kevin would be the Sheriff who could lead the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and the community in a new direction of excellence, compassion, and quality of service it expects and deserves.

- Catherine Wayne - Commander, California Highway Patrol (Ret.)

"Kevin Jensen epitomizes the leadership necessary to create powerful collaborations between law enforcement and communities affected by addiction and incarceration. Thanks to Kevin and others like him in law enforcement, I went from being a drug-addicted person engaged in criminal activity, to being recognized by the FBI Director with one of the Bureau’s highest awards for community service. Kevin’s integrity and support is and has been critical in my personal transformation—from drain on society, to service to society."

- Ed Kressy, Author/Speaker, 2018 recipient of FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

"I was born and raised in Santa Clara County. This community is witnessing a leader not capable of properly running the Sheriff Office. The Jails are a constant source of failure and in addition to the impact to the lives of those it has harmed, this is a huge drain on our county government and the community is demanding a change. Kevin as what it takes to bring a much needed change in leadership to the Sheriff's Office and specifically the jail system. He is a collaborator and leader with the full understanding on how the Sheriff department operates, mostly where to immediately direct the changes to bring solutions and integrity back to the Sheriff's Office. He is a man of exceptional character and a proven leader in law enforcement"

- Brian Rauschhuber, Campaign Manager, Kevin Jensen for Sheriff 2022

“I have had the privilege to work with and know Kevin Jensen for over 30 years. Through the years, Kevin has always been true to himself, and strong in his beliefs. He is regarded by many with much respect and support because of his unwavering integrity, dedication, compassion and experience.  His commitment to inclusivity and unity leaves no doubt that Kevin Jensen will serve the Office of the Sheriff, the community and county of Santa Clara with great honor and leadership.”

 

- Blanca Hoyt - Captain, Santa Clara Co. Sheriff’s Office (ret.)

“I have known Kevin Jensen for over 10 years. He is an ethical and principled person and has the relevant experience and know-how Santa Clara County needs to lead the Sheriff's Office. I whole-heartedly support Kevin Jensen for Sheriff.”

 

- Jessica Nowaski, Deputy Police Chief, Mountain View Police Department (ret.)

"Kevin has a long history of public and private action in support of our community when it engages in the criminal justice system. Having worked with him on issues for incarcerated women and families of domestic violence, Kevin brings a commitment and equity lens to the work he takes on and is a bridge builder between diverse perspectives and community. 

 

"Having known and worked with Kevin over the course of 18 years, his commitment to being a bridge builder and his common sense approach to the criminal justice process is what we need at a time when the public trust needs to be restored with law enforcement. My support of him is because Kevin walks the talk and is the type of leader we need for today."

 

- Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Silicon Valley Community Leader

"These critical and challenging times that our communities and law enforcement agencies face require open and honorable leadership. On that promotes positive collaboration, compassion, and accountability to all. Kevin Jensen, who I'm proud to call a friend and brother, is the person who can deliver on that promise."

- Johnny Costa, Palo Alto P.D. Sgt, Retired

"I support Kevin because the officers on the front lines in Santa Clara County do. I believe it is important for officers who risk their lives every day to have faith in their leadership and right now they don't have that."

- Chris Carroll, CEO Copenbarger & Copenbarger LLP.

I have known Kevin Jensen for over six years and, in that time, we have worked together on multiple projects and through numerous challenges. For two of the six years that I have known Kevin, he was the President, FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA) Board of Directors and I served as his Executive Director. 

I observed Kevin as he successfully handled the responsibilities associated with managing nearly 60 individual FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association chapters with a total of nearly 20,000 members.  These chapters are spread across the United States from Puerto Rico to Alaska and Massachusetts to California, as well as chapters in Hawaii and on the Island of Guam.  During Kevin’s presidency, he led multiple chapters out of major internal conflicts and introduced a balanced approach to problem resolution.  Kevin displayed the unique ability to withhold any definitive judgement until he has heard and weighed all the evidence.  Kevin does not make snap judgements.  He has the exceptional ability to work through issues objectively and never allows his personal opinions enter into the equation.  Truth is all that matters to Kevin Jensen.

A major component of Kevin’s responsibilities was daily interface with FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.  Through his frequent contacts with senior FBI personnel, he gained their trust and admiration for his straightforward management style and uncompromising dedication to the rule of law. 

Kevin is one of the most courageous individuals I have ever met.  He does not compromise with the truth and is impervious to political pressures.  The FBINCAAA Board was so impressed with Kevin’s flawless tenure as President that they presented him with a statue of a frontier sheriff.  The inscription on the plaque read: “Do the Right Thing...No Matter What.”  That inscription says everything anyone has to know about my good friend and brother-in-arms, Kevin Jensen.  He will ALWAYS do the right thing...no matter what.  He has my unequivocal endorsement for Sheriff.

Sanford D. Mangold

Colonel, USAF (Retired)

Executive Director, FBINCAAA (Retired)

Adjunct Professor (Emergency Management), University of Nevada Las Vegas

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The Fugitive Watch Most Wanted Program helps law enforcement locate dangerous fugitives by featuring them on our television program, newspaper and the internet free of charge to law enforcement saving tax payers millions of dollars. Under the previous sheriff, Charles Gillingham, Fugitive Watch had the full participation and cooperation of all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff’s department.

Thousands of arrest warrants are held by the sheriff’s department and the sheriff has a responsibility to arrest people wanted by these warrants. However, it became our experience that under the administration of Laurie Smith, the sheriff’s department’s participation was virtually non-existent.

Being sheriff is a leadership position and being a leader is critical to running a successful organization. However, having the title does not make you a leader. We do not believe Laurie Smith is a leader.

According to recent media reports, she has chosen to invoke her right against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution rather than answer questions during a grand jury investigation into alleged corruption in her administration. No rank and file law enforcement officer would be allowed to refuse to answer questions about their alleged corruption and still keep their job.

We understand that nearly 100% of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout Santa Clara County, including her rank and file deputies, refuse to endorse her.

On the other hand, we met with Kevin Jensen and spoke with him at length about his visions and ideas to improve the sheriff’s department. We also spoke with many law enforcement officers throughout the county who describe him as a true leader with the talents needed to revitalize the sheriff’s department and return it to its full potential.

Thousands of law enforcement officers throughout Santa Clara County, including the sheriff’s department’s rank and file, endorse him and describe him as a leader and precisely the person we need as sheriff.

We believe one of the most critical needs our men and women, who risk their lives for us, must have is leadership. Kevin is a man of integrity with a strong work ethic and a proven leader.

It is an honor for us to endorse Kevin Jensen for Sheriff of Santa Clara County for these reasons.

This Op-Ed is the sole opinion of
Steve Ferdin, CEO and Scott Castruita, President
Fugitive Watch Productions, Inc