58 percent of deputies vote for Garcia
Thursday, March 11, 2010
About 58 percent of Monterey County Deputy Sheriffs Association members endorsed former commander Fred Garcia for sheriff, according to a department insider. Sheriff Mike Kanalakis received about 21 percent of the vote, former Pacific Grove police chief Scott Miller won 11 percent and 10 percent chose not to endorse.
DSA President Dan Mitchell confirmed that the vote figures, which were tallied yesterday, were accurate. "Members have expressed dissatisfaction with the direction of the sheriff's department," Mitchell says.
Garcia, touted the DSA's endorsement as a landslide. “To receive this endorsement, let alone by such a large number, is an incredible honor," Garcia said in a prepared statement. "The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office know me, my skills as a supervisor and manager, and see that I am their hope for the future of this Department."