Deputy says he’ll challenge sheriff in 2018 election | News – California News

Deputy says he’ll challenge sheriff in 2018 election | News – California News

The announcement is not yet official, but Deputy Sheriff Mark D. Melville says he is running for the top job in the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office in the June 2018 election.

“I definitely will be a candidate for Sheriff,” he told the Almanac in an Aug. 10 email, noting the extent of his campaign’s online presence, including his website and accounts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. “My team and I are working on when to have the ‘Big Announcement,'” he said.

The current sheriff, Carlos Bolanos, has an online presence as well, including a website, and has said he is running for election in 2018. Mr. Bolanos was appointed to his post last year by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Melville, 60, lives in South San Francisco and has been a deputy sheriff since 2008, his website says. His duties include patrol, investigation, corrections, courts and transportation, and he is also an instructor in emergency vehicle operations and advanced officer driving.

He is a native San Franciscan and says he is single with two children and four grandchildren.

He has an associate degree in criminal justice (with honors) from Ohlone College, and has completed courses in police officer standards and training at Humboldt State University and Cal Poly in Pomona, his website says.

Mr. Melville served on police forces in Half Moon Bay, Patterson and Brisbane, where he was also a fire captain, his website says. As an adjunct professor with the Regional Police Academy at Modesto Junior College, his areas of expertise included criminal law, traffic accident investigation, narcotics and report writing.

His top issues: cracking down on human sex trafficking, leaving…

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