A native of Alameda County, Ahern was hired as a deputy sheriff for the ACSO in 1980. Over the years he rose through the ranks to become a deputy sheriff in 2006 and the following year he was elected 22nd. Alameda County Sheriff, according to a statement from Livermore Indivisible announcing the upcoming forum, which outlines each candidate’s journey.
Over the past 14 years as Sheriff, Ahern has been involved in the development of a number of programs including the Office of Youth and Family Services, Education and Law Enforcement. drugs, the Cold Case DNA unit, the DUI application unit and the strategic planning process for the future health of the sheriff’s office.
He also initiated Tactical Exercise Urban Shield, which provides a training ground for several thousand first responders.
According to the AOHC website, Ahern oversees a current adjusted net budget of approximately $ 185.7 million and over 1,500 employees, including over 1,000 sworn employees.
Other functions of AOHC include the operation of the Coroner’s Office, the operation of the Santa Rita Prison, and the security of the Consolidated Superior Courts.
Sanchez – who is AOSO’s top-ranked woman – also oversees hundreds of staff and an annual budget of $ 272 million, according to the Livermore Indivisible release.
Also from Alameda County, Sanchez was born in Hayward and currently
resides in Livermore.
Sanchez took command of Santa Rita Prison in early 2020 and since then has worked to prioritize the health and safety of those incarcerated during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It aims to “continue to work to provide law enforcement services with humanity and compassion, strengthening relationships with our communities and partnering with county and city leaders,” the statement said.
Walker first announced his campaign for the sheriff to oust Ahern in January as part of a joint bid with civil rights lawyer Pamela Price, who is running as district attorney to replace Nancy O’Malley, who will retire at the end of his current term in early 2023.
Walker is a 26-year law enforcement veteran, educator and longtime resident of Alameda County.
She is an award-winning volunteer suicide prevention advisor, the 2016 recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing, and an Assistant Professor at California State University East Bay.
Walker’s long history with SFPD includes various roles within the department, such as Counter Terrorism Liaison, Community Relations Unit Liaison, Station Guardian, Field Training Officer and peer support counselor, among others.
She has developed and led training for law enforcement professionals on a variety of topics including hate crimes, tactical communications and crisis support / suicide prevention.
Livermore Indivisible is accepting questions submitted by email for applicants until January 5th. Questions can be sent to [email protected] Registration to attend the forum can be found here.