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The Race for Sheriff Is On

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Aired 4/29/09

Who will be the new sheriff in town? San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender is set to resign his seat in July, a year ahead of the 2010 election. An interim sheriff will be appointed to fill the position until the election. What advantages will the interim sheriff have? We'll talk about the politics of law enforcement with KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner.

Maureen Cavanaugh: Earlier this month, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender announced he'd be retiring before his fourth term expires next year. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors now has to appoint an interim sheriff to serve out the last 18 months of Kolender's term.

It's generally assumed that whomever is appointed may well have an edge in the San Diego County Sheriff's race next year. So, the appointment is taking on a higher political significance than one might ordinarily expect.

Guest

Gloria Penner, KPBS Political Correspondent and host of Editors Roundtable on KPBS.

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