Wednesday, January 16, 2019     Volume: 19, Issue: 45

Santa Maria Sun / Letter To The Editor

The following article was posted on May 16th, 2018, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 19, Issue 11 [ Submit a Story ]
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Who can do it?

By William R. Gilbert - Goleta

It has been a tough period for the Sheriff's Office�"murders, a dozen major wildland fires, and the recent mudslides along with the ongoing duties of protection, custody, and safety. I'm sure there are deputies who are tired and cranky, but "time for change" is not a reason to replace Sheriff Bill Brown.

Before you decide who to vote for I wish you would take the time to visit the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office website,, or Facebook and see what makes up the department.

The responsibility of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is to enforce the laws, provide custody and court services, and protect persons and property. There are more than 650 people in the department. There are seven or eight major divisions headed by commanders with a number of supporting elements headed by lieutenants and sergeants. Then there are the undersheriff and sheriff.

The sheriff's task is to develop and manage the resources necessary to accomplish the responsibility. The top priority is having properly trained and equipped deputy sheriffs on our streets and custody deputies working in our jails. The sheriff must work with the Board of Supervisors and county CEO to obtain funding and recognition of services.

I honor and thank Lt. Eddie Hsueh for his 31 years with his dedication to mental health and Brian Olmstead, MBA, past president of the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff's Association for his 27 years. Their experience is primarily in the law enforcement division. I don't believe they have the overall experience to justify jumping over commanders, the chief deputy, and the undersheriff to be sheriff.

Sheriff Bill Brown has more than 40 years line, education, and management experience. He has led the department through lawlessness, fire, flood, mud, and diminishing funds.  Sheriff Brown is prepared to be sheriff of Santa Barbara County.

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