Ernesto Olivares

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This is the final part of our interview with candidate for Sonoma County Sheriff, Capt. Mark Essick. He’s the only candidate who’s currently part of the Sheriff’s office. In two dozen years with the department, he’s held a variety of positions – and he has been endorsed by the current sheriff, Rob Giordano.

In this series, we’ve also heard from John Mutz, a former station commander in the Los Angeles Police Department, and Ernesto Olivares, who serves on the Santa Rosa City Council after a long career with the Santa Rosa Police Department.

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Today is the final day of our conversation with Ernesto Olivares, candidate for Sonoma County sheriff. Olivares is a Santa Rosa City Councilmember who had a long career with the Santa Rosa Police Department.

KRCB news director Steve Mencher asked Olivares about lack of diversity within the county sheriff’s office, and how he plans to address it.  

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Yesterday, we talked with Santa Rosa City Council Member Ernesto Olivares. He’s one of three candidates for Sonoma County sheriff. Today, news director Steve Mencher continues that conversation.

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With a primary scheduled for June 5, we’re going to be talking over the next few weeks with all three candidates for sheriff of Sonoma County. If no candidate emerges from the primary with a majority of votes, the top two vote getters will face each other in November.

Ernesto Olivares is a Santa Rosa city council member whose long service on the Santa Rosa police department  prepares him, he says, for the role of sheriff. There’s another part of his background that makes him unique, as he told KRCB news director Steve Mencher.