Press Democrat’s endorsement for Sheriff is misguided

Posted on May 7, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Regarding the Press Democrat’s endorsed candidate for Sheriff: Any suggestion that Assistant Sheriff Engram can or will implement changes demanded by the voters who approved Measure P is wishful thinking.

Remember, his current boss and the unions representing his fellow employees are trying to overturn Measure P in the courts. They, too, are backing Engram.

No candidate backed by leaders of a culture desperate to overturn Measure P can seriously be expected to respect it, even if he wanted to.

Thankfully, Measure P has been supported from the start by the only law enforcement professional and sheriff office outsider in this race — Carl Tennenbaum.

Tennenbaum will provide new direction and a powerful lift to the spirits of the many “Good Apples” in the department who also long for meaningful change in Sheriff office performance and transparency, including cooperation with the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Oversight (IOLERO).  They are tired of getting a ‘bad rap’ from the ‘Bad Apples.’

Indeed, if such changes don’t happen, the DA may soon find it difficult to persuade jurors to convict anyone of a crime where the witness against the accused is a deputy sheriff.

Carl Tennenbaum is the only credible candidate.

— Bob Edwards, Sonoma

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