Clearly, after Wednesday night’s League of Women Voters candidate’s forum, the voters of Santa Barbara County have only one choice — to reelect Bill Brown for County Sheriff.

In response to a question about the current morale of the men and women who serve under his command, Sheriff Brown said morale, like a stream, ebbs and flows depending on current staffing levels, budget allocations, and workload. Can he do a better job at improving staff morale? Absolutely, and he will.

But to do so, the voters of Santa Barbara County must make a decision. With all that Sheriff Brown has accomplished in the last seven and a half years, is now the time to elect a candidate with no executive leadership skills, very limited experience with no formal education, and whose response to a question about the county’s Measure M (roads and infrastructure funding) was to “let the voters figure it out.” I don’t think so.

Sheriff Bill Brown has been tempered by major wildfires, has shown levelheaded courage during unprecedented budget cuts and staff reductions, continues to work hard to solve our county’s jail inmate problems, and is ready to make the tough decisions. His “no frills” approach and proven commitment makes him our best and only choice to lead the men and women of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department into the future. Let’s do this — reelect Bill Brown on June 3!


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