Burke for Sheriff

Posted on March 6, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

I write this letter in support of the candidacy of Kevin Burke for Sheriff.  I came to know and interact with Kevin while he served as police chief in Healdsburg.  I developed the utmost respect for Kevin’s leadership skills while he served in that capacity.  I served as police chief in Healdsburg (11 years), San Bruno (5 years), Cloverdale (1 year) and SRJC as interim chief (1 year).  I understand how important it is to have a person with strong leadership skills in charge of a community law enforcement department.  

I also found Kevin to be very active (and proactive) in community outreach efforts.  As one example, he facilitated a valuable mental health program during his tenure in Healdsburg.  As we all know, the ability to recognize and address mental health issues has become an increasingly important component of law enforcement efforts and activities. 

Finally, I have found Keven to always be accessible.  Given the broad scope of responsibilities associated with the Sheriff’s office, I believe Kevin’s demonstrated leadership, accessibility and responsiveness to the overall community will serve our County well.  I am pleased to endorse Kevin Burke for Sonoma County Sheriff.

— Joe Palla, Police Chief (Ret.), Councilmember, City of Cloverdale


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