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Qualities of a Sheriff

A Close Look at the Office and Its Functions


Who is qualified to be Sheriff?

The Santa Barbara County sheriff’s responsibility is to enforce the laws, provide custody and court services, and protect persons and property. About 600 people in the department with various disciplines accomplish those tasks, which are:

Criminal Investigations Division: Coroners, forensics, investigations, narcotics, detective bureaus, high-tech crimes unit, special investigators bureau, sheriff/fire air support unit, search and rescue, special enforcement team, K-9, and also a number of department and community support programs.

The Custody Divisions: Alternative sentencing, electronic monitoring, alternate work program, intake and release, Main Jail operation, Medium Security Facility, overcrowding management, property, custody records, drug and alcohol treatment program, food services, inmate services, laundry, health services, statistics, and transportation.

Operate and Staff: New Cuyama stations, Santa Maria station, City of Buellton, City of Solvang, Lompoc unincorporated area, Santa Ynez Valley, City of Carpinteria, Montecito/Summerland unincorporated area, City of Goleta, Isla Vista Foot Patrol, Santa Barbara County unincorporated area.

The sheriff ‘s task is to develop and manage the resources necessary to accomplish the responsibility. I don’t believe Sergeant Sandra Brown has the experience or education to take on the job of sheriff. Her résumé on her website and letters don’t support that capability. Compare the work experience of the current sheriff and his challenger:

Sergeant Sandra Brown: Detective sergeant, special investigations bureau, Coroner’s Office; Ppast narcotics detective, Isla Vista senior deputy; Community Resource deputy, Buellton; assignments throughout Santa Barbara County; attended local community colleges, USC, Daniel Freeman Paramedic School, 1989.

Sheriff Bill Brown: Three years EMT and paramedic in Los Angeles County; three years police officer Pacifica, California; 12.5 years police officer, supervisor, manager, and command officer, Inglewood, California; 1992 selected police chief, Moscow, Idaho; 1995 selected police chief, Lompoc, California; 2006 elected Sheriff-Coroner of Santa Barbara County, ran unopposed for second term in 2010. Master’s degree in Public Administration USC; BA in management, University of Redlands; graduate of FBI National Executive Institute, Delinquency Control, FBI National Academy, Northwest Command College.

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