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UCSB Police Officer Running for Sheriff

Ryan Smith Throws His Hat into the Ring


Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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The new guy in town is hoping to be the new sheriff in town come next year.

Ryan Smith — who moved to Santa Barbara County nine months ago — is the third person to declare their intention to run for sheriff next June, joining current Sheriff Bill Brown and Sergeant Sandra Brown. Smith, 31, currently works for the UCSB Police Department. Prior to that, he was an officer in the Santa Paula Police Department.

Smith — who now lives in Los Olivos — said he is hoping to provide a higher level of service with more patrol units on the streets and will make the department “more efficient and effective good stewards of the public’s money.”

While his young age and short time in the county do raise questions, Smith looks at those attributes as advantages. He’s not someone at the end of their career, and he’s not burnt out, he explained. And he said he plans to bring a fresh, innovative perspective to the position and encourages people to hear him out. “Have an open mind, and listen to what I have to say,” he asked.

He said he’s been proactive in taking leadership roles. “Coming from a smaller agency, we have to do more with less,” said Smith, whose experience includes supervising the crime suppression team in Santa Paula, as well as working as a patrol watch commander and incident and tactical commander. He said whatever he lacks in experience as a department head he can make up with surrounding himself with the best, brightest, and most innovative team he can find.

Smith’s entry into the race further complicates an already complicated campaign, still 13 months away from the primary.

Sandra Brown, who has been in the Sheriff’s Department for 16 years, said last week she intended to run. In announcing she was going to challenge her boss, Sandra Brown came out guns blazing, saying the sheriff was a one-trick pony focused on the new North County jail while neglecting his deputies and frontline staff. She already enjoys the endorsements of at least one county supervisor and several retired members of the Sheriff’s Department.

Bill Brown, meanwhile, enjoys a good amount of popularity throughout the county and ran unopposed in 2010. He has come further along in his quest to build a new North County jail than any of his predecessors, though the need has been present for decades. But he has also been sheriff during dismal fiscal times, and his department — the county’s largest — has taken a hit, losing nearly 10 percent of its staff over the last several years.

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Interesting, keep the old guy who has spun the department out of control, pick the experienced gal with solid history and broad working knowledge of the department, or the new kid on the block, who is still trying to figure out how to drive from one end of the county to the other.

Seems like an easy decision...

VoiceofSB (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If Ryan wins, does that mean the end of Floatopia and Halloween in Isla Vista? If not, my vote is with the young energetic guy who believes in "more indians and less chiefs"

skaterspoint (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 3:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually Floatopia has already ended. Advocates conveniently ignore the raw sewage that revelers leave in their wake. Go get drunk and pee in a pool, if that's your idea of a good time have at it. Don't impact everybody else and in fact every living thing in the immediate area.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 3:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The "best, brightest, and most innovative" team of union members in the public sector is an oxymoron - the glaring difference between the private and public sector. We might have a functional government if collective bargaining and government entity's employment contracts didn't ensure retaining incompetent, unmotivated, warped, brain-dead, hostile, dishonest, entitled employees whose primary interest in their job is retirement. It's a great goal, though, although splitting the vote against Bill Brown isn't helpful.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 6:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Although it is early in this campaign it is important to put forth some facts. One of these challengers is a slick sleeved UCSB cop who was a sergeant on the tiny Santa Paula P.D. The other, although a nice lady is simply a first line supervisor in the Coroners Office. Neither have the experience to run the Sheriff's Department. These are tough fiscal times. Both of these challengers have criticized Sheriff Brown on his effort to build a North County Jail. Perhaps they are unaware that the Sheriff is mandated to run a jail...that's it. They seemed focused on the IVFP. They claim morale at the SBSO has never been so bad. Good grief...I worked for Jim Webster, John Carpenter, and Jim Thomas. Detractors said the same about them as well as Jim Anderson. Sheriff Brown is trying to keep deputies in patrol cars and the jail running effectively with less funding. I worked at the executive level for Jim Thomas. I well know that a first line supervisor simply does not have the experience to run the SBSO. Candidate Smith touts his attendance at the FBI Academy. It is easy to get into the FBI Academy and is certainly not challenging. Most Chief's of Police and Sheriff's are Command College graduates. They attained the office after working their way up as middle managers, command staff or executive staff. I have reviewed and analyzed the endorsement lists for both Smith and Sandra Brown. I see some malcontent SBSO personnel and a whole bunch of Ventura County cops behind Smith. I see some malcontent retired SBSO employees who were Anderson supporters 8 years ago, as well as some of the North County Ag crowd who are emboldened by the election of Peter Adam behind Sandra Brown. They see the Sheriff's race as partisan and Bill Brown has not given them their Sheriff's Council crowns, special badges, CCW's and other special treatment. Pay attention voters...Bill Brown should be re elected.

letrianon (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 11:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken, surprise, I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS ONE!!

To letrianon,

Where to start, let's see lets take your first misinformation. You said, "One of these challengers is a slick sleeved UCSB cop who was a sergeant on the tiny Santa Paula P.D. The other, although a nice lady is simply a first line supervisor in the Coroners Office. Neither have the experience to run the Sheriff's Department." What experience is needed other than being in law enforcement? Please do not tell me diplomas, degrees and being able to pass a test is experience. If so we've been robbed for years.

Lets talk about BB's employment status shall we; He has worked at numerous agencies either as a line cop or bounced from one dept. to another as a Chief. He was a small town Chief in Moscow, ID. a small town Chief in Lompoc who was despised by all his officers. They actually threw a party when he was elected Sheriff. BB has been a transient from dept. to dept. looking after BB. Please don't talk about small town because BB is small town.

Next you said, "They claim morale at the SBSO has never been so bad. Good grief...I worked for Jim Webster, John Carpenter, and Jim Thomas." Then you sir/gal are a dinosaur with no credibility. When did you retire 20 years ago? How many people have you talked to at SBSO? I have, and I can't find anybody who is willing to come out publicly and endorse BB. Furthermore, everybody I've talked to are unhappy with BB's leadership. If you are going to post at least post what is really happening at the agency.

Now for your whopper, "I have reviewed and analyzed the endorsement lists for both Smith and Sandra Brown. I see some malcontent SBSO personnel and a whole bunch of Ventura County cops behind Smith. I see some malcontent retired SBSO employees". Please post your research, interviews and findings to this outrageous claim. "Malcontents" now that is funny no sad to label individuals who are still working or newly retired as "Malcontents". Maybe they actually see something missing and want a leader who will actually lead instead of attending Kardashian weddings, Royal stalkings and European trips on the taxpayer dime.

I don't know, maybe it's just me....

Priceless (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 8:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

letrianon,

I forgot to talk about your statement of, "Most Chief's of Police and Sheriff's are Command College graduates. They attained the office after working their way up as middle managers, command staff or executive staff."

If you remember Thomas was only a Lieutenant who was banished to the jail. Hardly a middle manager and certainly had NO command or executive staff experience. But he gained wild support when he ran for Sheriff.

He actually was a popular Sheriff and well liked by his employees. He did not always please but he stayed loyal to his people. He also as one of his first duties as Sheriff promoted individuals who did not support his campaign to some of the highest positions in the department.

We all know you can't please everybody all the time, but as the leader of a department you must treat all with respect, trust, loyalty and be able to have your subordinates follow you into harms way. I happen to know BB's subordinates would be pushing him instead of following...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 9:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To Priceless...I have read your comments and realize you share a line level assessment of the Sheriff's Department along with the two candidates being discussed. To ask what other experience a successful sheriff needs other than being in law enforcement is laughable. I have no time to discuss this matter with someone such as yourself. The bottom line is that Bill Brown will easily win re election. That's politics. Bill is very popular with his constituents. Today a big step was taken toward a north county jail. Anyone who does not realize that jail is necessary knows nothing about custody obligations now and in the future. If you or others think the DSA endorsement, or any other cop endorsements is necessary to win...think again. And by the way, what motivated Jim Thomas to run for Sheriff was that John Carpenter had him removed from the Command College. Jim eventually graduated as have perhaps four other members of the department past/present. I certainly am not a dinosaur. I helped Bill oust Jim Anderson and I will help him win re election. This is the science of politics Priceless. I realized that commenting in the Independent would provoke folks like you. Sooo...Adios...I am back on the campaign trail.

letrianon (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 7:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you have no time to discuss Priceless' assessments why even bother addressing her?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2013 at 9:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good luck letrianon your gonna need it with all the skeletons that will be coming out..... Also, when those skeletons become public how many of those mysterious supporters do you think will actually drink more Kool-Aid and stand behind him???

Priceless (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 7:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey letrianon,

Since you are in the know and a huge supporter of Bill Brown rumor has it there will be a third candidate throwing their name into the race, any idea who??

Since you wrote, "Bill is very popular with his constituents." You obviously don't read many of the blogs because I can't find many supporters on them. Anyway, BB went from running unopposed the last election to having two and possibly three challengers this time. Yes your right his popularity is soaring.......

Priceless (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 8:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You can be the most experienced, but if you can't inspire and motivate, build relationships or communicate powerfully, experience will get you the job only, but not the desired results a department expects or a community demands. Leadership trumps experience; innate leadership exhibited by a young, energetic and innovated thinker like Ryan Smith should have voters excited about the possibilities. I once read, 'leadership is the art of accomplishing goals through other people,' and I've seen Ryan Smith in action at the FBINA, and he did precisely that. Listen to Ryan, ponder his message and think of the possibilities.

NickWillard (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does Smith have a website?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken,

Ryan Smith's website is:

http://www.smith4sheriff.com/

NickWillard (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 7:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Impressive. Seems like a genuine guy.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 18, 2013 at 12:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Smith is a bit young and inexperienced at this point. Sandra Brown has a following in the north county but I don't think it will be enough. The current sheriff hasn't made any major errors as compared to Anderson. Most of what the challengers will say is internal to the department which most people don't have time to care about as long as a car comes when they call one.

formersbso (anonymous profile)
May 18, 2013 at 5:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Priceless,
What other blogs are you talking about?

formersbso (anonymous profile)
May 18, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

smith is a racist person!!! dont hire him his a no no!!

imreal (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 6:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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