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Hemet’s police chief talks about retiring and running for Riverside County sheriff

By in Press Enterprise on July 27, 2017

By Jeff Horseman

Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown is retiring with an eye toward running for Riverside County sheriff in 2018, the chief announced Wednesday evening, July 26.

In a Facebook post on the Hemet Police Department website, Brown, who has held his current post since 2011, wrote that he will likely retire by the end of this year.

“My decision is based on three clear truths,” he wrote. “First, the fact that the Hemet Police Department has emerged from the relentless recession better, stronger and more committed and capable than ever before.

“Thanks to a determined and generous community we have secured the financial and organizational stability necessary to transform and revitalize our community. There is no doubt we will be successful in accomplishing those goals.

“Next, the Hemet Police Department’s leadership team, sworn and civilian staff and volunteers are extremely talented and fully capable of leading this organization and our community to the next-level and beyond. I have total confidence in their ability and resolve to fully implement Measure U and to provide leadership and vision as the city flourishes.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff.

“And finally, I am confident that I am being called to help lead a transition of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to new leadership in 2018. This transition will have an enormously positive impact on the safety and security of law abiding citizens throughout the county and on the amazing employees who serve in the Sheriff’s Department.”

The chief wrote he will “work to support the seamless transfer” of his job to Deputy Chief Rob Webb.

Brown added he “intend(s) to assemble an exploratory committee of trusted police professionals, community leaders and close associates to explore the feasibility of running for the office of Riverside County Sheriff in June, 2018.”

If he runs, Brown would be at least the second candidate […]    

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