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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announces he will not seek re-election

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election next year after spending three terms leading the department that provides law enforcement in several cities and all the county’s unincorporated areas.

Gore was initially appointed to lead the department in 2009, replacing then-Sheriff Bill Kolender when he retired. Gore was first elected to the position in 2010.

He was last elected in 2018, and his term ends January 2023.

Gore issued a statement after announcing his decision to the department’s more than 4,600 employees.

“Being your Sheriff is one of the most rewarding experiences of my law enforcement career,” the statement reads. “Rewarding primarily because of the extraordinary men and women in the department who work tirelessly every day to keep San Diego the safest urban county in the nation.”

Gore spent 32 years with the FBI before joining the department in 2004.

The Sheriff’s Department handles law enforcement in nine cities in the region, from Imperial Beach to Vista, as well as the unincorporated areas. it also runs the county jails.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.



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