County of San Benito, County Clerk & Recorder

Candidate Statements – Sheriff-Coroner

Please note that Candidate Statements are optional and paid for by the candidates.  This page may NOT contain a statement from each qualified candidate.  

Prior to the Random Alphabet drawing on March 17th, statements will be listed in the order of filing. Once the Random Alphabet is drawn, statements will be reordered to match the order the candidates will appear on the ballot.


Occupation: Police Officer

Education & Qualifications:

I was born and raised in San Benito County, so I am committed to enhancing the well-being of this community.

My mother immigrated from Mexico, worked in the fields of San Benito County, and raised my three siblings and I. We each attended local schools, including Sunnyslope, Maze, and San Benito High School. San Benito County and its residents have been good to us, and I’ve always looked for ways to repay that generosity.

In 2010, I attended the police academy in Monterey, graduated class president, and later received a bachelor’s in communications. I began my career at Oakland P.D. After Oakland, I was fortunate enough to work at Hollister P.D. where I collaborated with school administrators as the San Benito High School Resource Officer. Later, I investigated violent crimes and worked with patrol officers to curtail violence and get justice for those affected. In 2019, I came to Gilroy P.D. where I helped supervise officers and I’m an instructor of Principled Policing, a class designed to build stronger relationships between police and the community.

If you give me the opportunity, I will partner with our residents to dramatically increase community involvement, prioritize training and development, and enhance our responsibility to every single community member.

Thank you 831.205.0071


Occupation: Sheriff-Coroner

Education & Qualifications:

I began my managerial career at the age of 23 as the Stadium Operations Manager for the Oakland Athletics. I had a staff of 550 people and managed a multi-million dollar budget.

Since beginning in 1999, I have been a police officer, which is an entry-level position, a Detective, Corporal, Field Training Officer, promoted to Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Administrative Captain, Operations Captain, Division Commander and am the 16th Sheriff-Coroner of our county.

For 22 years, I have practiced principled policing that is transparent and connected to the community. Additionally, while others were leaving our community for a better paycheck, I took a cut in pay in 2014 to leave Watsonville and serve this community. I live and have raised my children here. I am the most community connected candidate, with the most experience, and the strongest commitment to make this office better than ever.

I am a founding member of the Family Impact Center, the Opioid Task Force and the LULAC Farmworker Task Force. I am on the Board of Directors for the San Benito Rodeo and Chamberlain's Youth Services. I am a member of LULAC, Rotary and am the co-chair of CAPC. I look forward to continuing to serve.


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