Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chat with OC Sheriff Department Candidates: Craig Hunter

Chat with OC Sheriff Department Candidates: Craig Hunter

What the OCSD needs is a new leader with a proven track record in law enforcement who will be a strong role model, lead by example with integrity and provide a new vision of teamwork and accountability - Hunter

February 23, 2008

We have offered the seven identified OC Sheriff candidates; Jack Anderson, Bill Hunt, Craig Hunter, Kevin Keyes, Ralph Martin, Ken Maddox and Paul Walters, the CotoBuzz Journal as a platform to communicate with their respective potential supports. We have also posed to them a number of questions – we shall be publishing the responses in the order we receive them:

Following is a virtual chat with OC Sheriff candidate Craig Hunter

CBJ: Do you agree that the OCSD needs a corporate culture extreme makeover?

C. Hunter: I believe there are many honest and hard working managers and leaders at all levels of the Sheriff's Dept. What they need is a new leader with a proven track record in law enforcement who will be a strong role model, lead by example with integrity and provide a new vision of teamwork and accountability.

CBJ: What are your top ten priorities for the OCSD if selected?

C. Hunter: I have one goal and that is to lead a Sheriff's Department that is better prepared to protect and serve the people of Orange County, now and for many years to come. Within that goal, there will be numerous strategies and initiatives that as a team, we will develop and implement.

CBJ: What/who is your biggest obstacle to getting the post?

C. Hunter: The bottom line, I believe, is convincing at least three board members that I am the best candidate for the following reasons:

Craig Hunter

I am first and foremost a law enforcement leader- it is what I know and where I excel. I am not a politician , but I have conservative values and I would be re-elected as Sheriff.

I am interested in this appointment because it is the next logical step in a goal-oriented career path. Not simply to be Sheriff, but to advance the role, strategies and culture of the policing profession.

Lastly, that my experience leading all daily police operations in Anaheim, the states 10th largest city, will serve the Sheriff's Dept well. The Sheriff's job is about developing effective policies and future leaders, something I have done in Anaheim.

CBJ: What do you see as the main problems with the Orange County Board of Supervisors

C. Hunter : The Board of Supervisors needs a Sheriff who is willing to work together not only with the Board, but with other OC Dept heads and OC leaders in general. They need a Sheriff who sees the position as part of a bigger team and not an island.

CBJ: What do you see asthe main problems with the Orange County DA?

C. Hunter : The Sheriff and the DA are the leaders in OC law enforcement. They must work together and that has been missing. I believe Mr. Rackauckas needs and deserves a teammate and that is something that I would bring to the Sheriff's Department.

If you think that Craig Hunter is the right person for position, be sure to write your Orange County Supervisor and send the CotoBuzz Journal a copy of your request.

Orange County Board of Supervisors: Contact Information

Supervisor Janet Nguyen
Supervisor, First District
Phone: 714.834.3110
Fax: 714.834.5754 Supervisor John Moorlach
Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Phone: 714.834.3220
Fax: 714.834.6109
Supervisor Bill Campbell
Supervisor, Third District
Phone: (714) 834-3330
Fax: (714) 834-2786
Supervisor Chris Norby
Supervisor - 4th District
Phone: 714.834.3440
Fax: 714.834.2045
Supervisor Patricia C. Bates
Vice Chairperson
Supervisor, 5th District
Phone 714.834.3550
Fax: 714.834.2670

OC Sheriff Candidates

Jack Anderson, Mission Viejo, Interim Sheriff
Bill Hunt, Laguna Hills:
Craig Hunter, Yorba Linda:
Kevin Keyes, Irvine;
Ralph Martin, Coto de Caza,
Ken Maddox, Los Alamitos;
Paul Walters, Santa Ana,

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