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Sheriff Gore Defends Response To Jail Suicides, Deputy Sexual Harassment Claims

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is shown talking with visitors at the Coun...

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Above: San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is shown talking with visitors at the County Administration building in downtown San Diego on Jan. 5, 2015.

Sheriff Gore Defends Response To Jail Suicides, Deputy Sexual Harassment Claims

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Sheriff Bill Gore, San Diego County

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On June 5, San Diego County voters will decide who will lead the region's top law enforcement agency.

The candidates in the race for San Diego County Sheriff include two-term incumbent Bill Gore, a Republican whose law enforcement career spans more than 40 years and San Diego County Sheriff Commander Dave Myers, a Democrat and 33-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.

Gore's re-election bid comes amid controversy over the department's response to suicides in San Diego jails. A recent report criticized the department for not doing enough to prevent suicides and failing to provide proper mental health treatment.

"We've been working tirelessly for the last six or seven years ... to continually improve the mental health care in our facilities. It's a continuing challenge, but I think we're rising to our challenge in our facilities," Gore said.

The department also faced criticism over its handling of a sexual misconduct case involving one of its own deputies. Deputy Richard Fisher was charged in February with 14 crimes related to sexual misconduct allegations. Some of Fisher's accusers said Gore was slow to make an arrest.

RELATED: Trust In Law Enforcement Key To San Diego County Sheriff’s Race

Earlier in the campaign, Myers accused Gore of retaliating against him for challenging Gore in the race for Sheriff.

Gore discusses his re-election bid and reacts to the recent controversies Monday on Midday Edition.

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