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Former Riverside County DA Rod Pacheco is backing Sheriff Stan Sniff’s challenger

By in Press Enterprise on December 2, 2017

By Jeff Horseman

A familiar face in Riverside County politics is backing one of Sheriff Stan Sniff’s 2018 challengers.

Former district attorney Rod Pacheco has endorsed Dave Brown, the outgoing Hemet police chief. Brown is one of two candidates – sheriff’s Lt. Chad Bianco is the other – who hope to unseat Sniff, who is up for re-election next year.

In a Brown campaign press release issued Thursday, Nov. 30, Pacheco praised the police chief’s work in a gang task force formed by Pacheco when he was DA.

“His experience as a gang investigator and proven leader, along with his willingness to work collaboratively with regional law enforcement agencies makes him the only safe choice for sheriff in 2018,” said Pacheco, a former GOP assemblyman who served as DA from 2007 to early 2011.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff.

Sniff, Pacheco said, “has failed to place a priority on protecting Riverside County from gang violence, thereby putting citizens at risk.”

In an emailed response, Sniff wrote: “Everyone is well aware that the sheriff repeatedly has argued for increased funding to support the department’s many critical public safety responsibilities: running patrol stations, controlling our jails, securing our courtrooms and conducting our coroner-public administrator duties across our large county.

“But in the end, the department must ‘live within its means’ during a time of chronic county budget deficits, just as those in the private sector must make adjustments when costs exceed revenues. These dynamics require Sheriff’s Department leadership to make difficult forced choices, ensure the fiscally responsible spending of greatly reduced levels of funding, and accommodate the county’s budget limitations.”

Pacheco joins county supervisors John Tavaglione and Chuck Washington and former sheriff Bob Doyle, among others, in endorsing Brown, who will compete with Sniff and Bianco in the June 2018 primary. A runoff between the top two vote-getters will happen in […]    

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