Bill Gore, who has served as the San Diego Sheriff Department’s second-in-command since 2005, was appointed sheriff by the Board of Supervisors today.

Gore will take command of the county’s largest law enforcement agency on July 3, and will oversee seven detention facilities, a $500 million budget and about 4,000 employees.

“I am honored and humbled by the confidence the Board of Supervisors has placed in me with this appointment,” Gore was quoted in a press release as saying. “We are facing tough economic times, however, I am certain with the fine men and women of the Sheriff’s Department, we will continue to provide the highest level of law enforcement for the citizens of San Diego County.”

Gore will serve out the remainder of the term of Sheriff Bill Kolender, who announced his retirement in April. He is expected to run for election next year and will stand off against former San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano; former Undersheriff Jay La Suer; Bruce Ruff, a former sheriff’s sergeant; and Jim Duffy, Supervisor Ron Roberts’ chief of staff and a former lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Department.

“I am delighted by the Board’s decision today,” the press release quoted Kolender as saying. “There is no question in my mind that Bill Gore will make an excellent Sheriff. I have all the trust and confidence in his abilities to lead this department and serve the fine citizens of San Diego County.”


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