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Supervisors Appoint Gore SD Sheriff

On the Record: Appointed County Sheriff Bill Gore

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today appointed Undersheriff Bill Gore to serve out the remaining term of retiring Sheriff Bill Kolender.

Gore will serve as the county’s Sheriff for the next 18 months. Voters will choose someone to serve in the position in 2010. Gore had faced competition from four other candidates but received the majority of votes from the Supervisors. Gore says he’ll maintain the department accountability and professionalism.


“My pledge to you would be a simple one. I want to make San Diego County the safest urban county in the United States, bar none,” he says.

Gore is also planning to run for the position in 2010, as are lawmen Jim Duffy and Jay LaSuer who were also vying to be appointed. Gore says he would work to run the sheriff’s department efficiently. He says the department’s budget is $25 million less than it was last year.

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