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John Hemmerling

Chief Criminal Prosecutor
124,591 votes (18.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • As Sheriff, John Hemmerling will be tough on crime and a leader in criminal justice reform. He will restore confidence, competence and transparency in the department and institute needed reforms starting on day one.
  • The Second Amendment is a guarantor of our freedom as Americans. Individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. As Sheriff, Hemmerling will promptly issue CCW's for all persons who complete required training and pass background investigation.
  • Public safety is the number one job of government. Hemmerling believes the Sheriff must put victims first, not criminals!

Experience

Experience

Profession:Chief Criminal Prosecutor
Chief Criminal Prosecutor, Assistant City Attorney, Criminal and Commu, San Diego City Attorney's Office — Appointed position (2002–2022)
Colonel, Retired (30 years), United States Marine Corps Reserve — Appointed position (1984–2014)
Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Mid-City Patrol Officer, San Diego Police Department — Appointed position (1994–2002)

Education

University of San Diego School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (2001)

Biography

A LEADER WITH 30 YEARS OF HONORABLE SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY: In his three decade military career, retired Marine Corps Colonel John Hemmerling has held command at nearly every level including active duty in the Gulf War and war in Iraq. In his last mission in Iraq, he was in command of an 800 Marine battalion, four military jails, and responsible for support, security, and stabilization missions in the Al Anbar Province.  John was the Senior Marine Liaison to FEMA Region 9 for coordinating military support to local and state agencies in the time of disasters. Among his awards are a Bronze Star and Combat Action Ribbon.

SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER OF DISTINCTION: As a San Diego Police Officer for 9 years, John patrolled the Eastern and Mid-City Divisions and was certified as a Field Training Officer, responsible for supervising and developing police academy trainees and graduates for duty as police officers. John also received numerous community commendations, a Commanding Officer's Citation and a Life Saving Citation.

CHIEF CRIMINAL PROSECUTOR: John provided 7 years of legal advice to the San Diego Police Department and became Legal Counsel to the Chief of Police. He was assigned to the City Attorney's Crisis Response Team, which advises key City leaders during critical incidents at the City Emergency Operations Center. From 2015 to 2022, John served as chief prosecutor of the City of San Diego Criminal and Community Justice Divisions. He oversaw eight prosecutorial divisions with over 200 plus staff. The Division prosecuted over 18,000 criminal cases a year as well as civil enforcement of code violations.

 

 

 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego and League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (4)

A DEFINING MOMENT: What action (personal or professional) that you have taken best illustrates how you will execute the duties of this office in the coming term, if you are elected?
Answer from John Hemmerling:

John Hemmerling has devoted his life to protecting and serving the public in leadership positions as a decorated Marine Corps Colonel, San Diego Police Officer, and as Chief Criminal Prosecutor in the San Diego City Attorney's Criminal and Community Justice Division. His career spans 27 years of dedicated service to the City and 30 years of faithful military service. He has patrolled the streets, fought to protect our laws, and put his own life on the line to lead courageously in battle. For those who know John, he is a person of action more than empty words. He leads with integrity and has the time-tested experience to set a new and higher standard for our communities.

LONG-TERM VIEW: What are the three biggest challenges facing this region in the next decade, and how would you use this office to help our community prepare to meet those challenges?
Answer from John Hemmerling:

FIGHTING CRIME: Rooting out violent crime throughout the community is a cornerstone of professional excellence in law enforcement. We will treat victims with utmost respect by professionally investigating crimes and keeping communication open and informative. Victims deserve respect and support and will not be left behind. Government needs to stop holding hands with criminals and start holding them accountable. 

REFORMING OUR JAILS: I will ensure that we provide immediate and complete behavioral health assessments with increased involvement from county professionals. We must implement comprehensive and common sense diversion opportunities to get out of custody and out of the criminal justice system. We will improve and expand community supervision opportunities with concentrated focus on rehabilitation and support for long term success.

THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND CCW'S: The Second Amendment is a guarantor of our freedom as Americans. Individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. Our elected officials must ensure that citizens are able to protect their homes and their families, free from governmental overreach. Sheriffs in California are, by statute, entrusted with the role of approval of personal carry permits (CCW’s). My firm belief is that the “good cause” evaluation process must allow each individual to assess their own need for personal safety or self-defense. I will ensure there is a quick turnaround and direct the Sheriff’s Office to issue concealed carry permits for all persons who meet the statutory requirements, including completing the required training and passing the background investigation.

 

 
IMMIGRATION: What do you feel is an appropriate level of partnership between the Sheriff's Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and what changes (if any) would you make to the way transfers and notifications currently take place? Would you place any limits on the sharing of Sheriff's Department resources with the Department of Homeland Security?
Answer from John Hemmerling:

IMMIGRATION: What do you feel is an appropriate level of partnership between the Sheriff's Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and what changes (if any) would you make to the way transfers and notifications currently take place?

As Sheriff, my job will be to protect the people of San Diego County. I will not impede the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)'s ability to enforce federal laws at our border. I will assist ICE in criminal law enforcement, on an emergency, mutual aid basis, just like any other law enforcement agency that requests assistance. I will not proactively work with ICE in the performance of their stated mission -- that would distract from my priority of focusing on crime in our neighborhoods in San Diego County. Notifications and transfers that are related to criminal violations of the law will be made in accordance with California state law. Release information of all prisoners in the San Diego Sheriff's custody will be public information unless safety or security is specifically identified as a reason to withhold that information.

 

Would you place any limits on the sharing of Sheriff's Department resources with the Department of Homeland Security?

I will assist the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in criminal law enforcement that effects the people of San Diego County on an emergency, mutual aid basis, the same as we would assist any other law enforcement agency. I will not proactively lend or supply San Diego Sheriff resources to assist the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its enforcement of US laws. I will, however, take action against those who commit any crimes along our southern border. 

 

 

BUILDING TRUST: How will you address community distrust of the Sheriff's Department?
Answer from John Hemmerling:

PROMOTING TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC TRUST: John Hemmerling is committed to staying engaged with the community. That is why San Diego Asian Americans for Equality (SDAAFE) strongly endorsed Hemmerling for Sheriff. As Sheriff, Hemmerling will be tough on crime and a leader in criminal justice reform. Hemmerling will align the department’s priorities with the concerns of every community — providing direct communication and a direct channel to oversight boards and the public when visibility is paramount. When the people see that their sheriff is committed to transparency, trust and collaboration are sure to follow.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

SETTING A HIGHER STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE: John has zero tolerance for behavior that violates the noblest values of our Sheriff's Department. He believes in fairness, collaboration, and diversity that reflects our community. He will work hard to stem violence and help victims of crime. Rebuilding morale and rewarding the efforts of those who work hard to keep our communities safe are also integral to setting a higher standard of excellence. John's experience, integrity, and sense of duty are what we need to move forward and achieve real results.

Position Papers

Union Tribune: San Diego Needs a Sheriff That Will Set a Higher Standard by John Hemmerling

Summary

Public safety and the protection of human life will be my top priority as San Diego County’s sheriff. From day one, I am committed to do everything possible to ensure that no one dies in our jails — just as I did as a Marine commander when overseeing four jail compounds in Iraq.

On Feb. 3, state auditors determined that 185 individuals died in the Sheriff’s Department care from 2006 through 2020 — more than in nearly any other county in the state. As a lieutenant colonel in charge of four jails in the Anbar province in Iraq, I made sure that my Marines and sailors provided a comprehensive medical screening of every detainee upon admission. Individuals who needed medical or mental health care were transported to a hospital for treatment, not booked into jail or left on the streets to die. I protected detainees in a war-zone jail, with rudimentary resources. I will safeguard the incarcerated in one of the largest counties in America.

San Diegans deserve safety, honesty and transparency. I will align the department’s priorities with the concerns of the community — providing information to the appropriate oversight boards and the public when visibility is paramount. When the people see that their sheriff is committed to transparency, trust and collaboration are sure to follow. As the new sheriff, I will be just what we need: an experienced, fair, dedicated leader.

In the meantime, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors must appoint an interim sheriff who must immediately take responsibility for the audit results. Otherwise, the county Sheriff’s Department will be ruled by an already overeager and overreaching state Legislature, as recommended by the audit.

I have provided strong leadership in times of crisis as the top legal adviser to two former San Diego police chiefs, including Shelley Zimmerman, who has endorsed me. I have helped craft proactive policies, encouraging transparency at every step of the way. I will ensure our policies align with best practices, not just the minimum standards (as seemed good enough at times in the sheriff’s audit response), when performing intake health evaluations, providing follow-up medical and mental health care, conducting safety checks, and correcting the other deficiencies identified in the auditor’s report. And I will enlist the top professionals, both inside and outside the department, to accomplish this.

I am committed to safeguarding public safety in every community. In my nine years of patrolling the streets as a San Diego police officer, I took the time to know and help families and small businesses in the high-crime Mid-City beats that I patrolled. Not everyone in San Diego County has the luxury of positive and proactive law enforcement support. Victims deserve a strong law enforcement response. Victims deserve to be heard. Victims deserve to be informed. Some communities currently suffer from increased violence. As sheriff, I will not delay essential support from underserved neighborhoods in need of reducing violent crime — equal protection is not just a constitutional issue, it’s a public safety issue.

According to the most recent reports on crime from the San Diego Association of Governments, violent crimes, including gang violence, have risen to heights that we haven’t seen in nearly a decade. Crime should be decreasing. As sheriff, I will make that a priority, and partner with every local agency, and state and federal partners, to root out the violent criminals who terrorize our neighborhoods.

I have 28 years of dedicated service to San Diego, patrolling the streets, giving legal advice to our local leaders, and upholding our laws in court. In my 30 years of faithful military service, I put my own life on the line to lead troops in battle. I cannot stand idly by when our county is in desperate need of leadership. A complete review and overhaul of the Sheriff’s Department is essential to fix our jails, support victims of crime and restore public safety in all our neighbors.

A leader not only stands with the community but also with the true heroes in law enforcement. I will never turn my back on the dedicated men and women who unselfishly place their lives on the line for us every day. I will stand shoulder to shoulder with our deputies as they protect you.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Councilmember Chris Cate, Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey, Santee Mayor John Minto, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, former San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and the Republican Party of San Diego County have endorsed me. Please vote for John Hemmerling for sheriff on June 7. Visit johnhemmerlingforsheriff.com for more information.

Hemmerling is the chief prosecutor in the San Diego City Attorney’s Criminal and Community Justice Divisions. He is a retired Marine Corps Reserve colonel, a decorated Gulf and Iraq War veteran, a former San Diego police officer and a candidate for sheriff in the June 7 election.

JOHN HEMMERLING STRONGLY OPPOSES THE EARLY RELEASE OF VIOLENT CRIMINALS FROM PRISON

Summary

The upcoming election for Sheriff in 2022 is of vital importance to public safety in San Diego County. As the Chief Criminal Prosecutor in the City of San Diego, I have witnessed a steady rise in crime, while politicians and bureaucrats at the State level hold hands with violent criminals. The latest outrage is the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR)’s plan for the early release of violent criminals. On April 13, 2022, I submitted the following statement to CDCR, opposing this plan:

I am John Hemmerling, the Assistant City Attorney and Chief Criminal Prosecutor at the city of San Diego, in charge of the Criminal and Community Justice Division. I am contacting you as a concerned citizen of San Diego County. I strongly oppose the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR)’s plan for the early release of criminals.

Under the proposed regulations, CDCR seeks to reduce sentences already imposed by increasing credits awarded on those sentences. Violent offenders could have their conduct credit rate increased from 20% to 33%. “Non-violent second strikers” could see an increase from 50% to 66%. For example, on a 10-year sentence an individual could be released after having served three years and four months if the proposed regulations are adopted. Note that offenses characterized by CDCR as non-violent include offenders who were convicted of human trafficking and domestic violence, and those who have dangerous criminal histories of armed robbery and attempted murder. This means the victim of a violent crime who thought they were safe from an attacker for at least 20 years, for example, will now be looking over their shoulder in 10 years!

CDCR’s proposed changes are retroactive, meaning many felons will be eligible for release immediately.  Why make these changes now, when crime is on the rise in our communities? Why are we continually giving criminals avenues to continue terrorizing our neighborhoods? Why are we advocating more for criminals than victims?

We already afford those who have made a mistake in truly nonviolent offenses opportunities for rehabilitation and integration.  Perhaps that should be the focus, and maybe even enhanced, for the benefit of society. However, violent criminals, including many considered “non-violent” under CDCR’s narrow definition (including offenders who were convicted of human trafficking and domestic violence, and those who have dangerous criminal histories of armed robbery and attempted murder), only leave prison more violent – why would we let them out early?

The social justice agenda is overtaking common sense criminal justice. These early releases of criminals further threaten the safety of our communities and inflict additional suffering on the victims of crime.

Extending additional credits to inmates with serious and violent criminal histories is NOT in the interest of justice or the public’s safety. Opening the jailhouse doors years earlier than the sentence imposed by the judge who heard all the evidence and heard the victim’s pain, undermines our entire criminal justice system! That sentence should stand and not be altered after the fact beyond the credits already allowed under California law.

Public safety is the number one job of government. Those of us entrusted with protecting the community must put victims first, not criminals!

John Hemmerling is the San Diego City Attorney’s Chief Criminal Prosecutor; he is a retired Marine Corps Reserve Colonel; a decorated Gulf and Iraq War veteran; and a former San Diego Police Officer. He is endorsed by the California GOP and Republican Party of San Diego County for Sheriff. To support John, go to https://www.johnhemmerlingforsheriff.com/

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San Diego Patch: Meet San Diego County Sheriff Candidate John Hemmerling, May 25, 2022

Summary
Endorsed Republican candidate John Hemmerling told Patch why he should serve as the next sheriff of San Diego County.

SAN DIEGO, CA — Voters will help decide who should serve as the next sheriff of San Diego County in the June 7 primary election.

John Hemmerling, a chief criminal prosecutor, is among the seven candidates vying to replace retired Sheriff Bill Gore. Gore stepped down from the position in February after heading the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for 12 years.

The top two vote-getters in the primary will face off in the Nov. 8 election. 

John Hemmerling

Party Affiliation

Republican — Endorsed by the California GOP and the Republican Party of San Diego County

Family

Wife: Tess Hemmerling

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

My wife, Tess Hemmerling, is a Criminalist with the San Diego Police Department.

Education

Juris Doctor, University of San Diego School of Law

Occupation

CHIEF CRIMINAL PROSECUTOR: From 2015 - Present. I have been the Chief Criminal Prosecutor, leading the City of San Diego's Criminal and Community Justice Division. I oversee eight prosecutorial units with over 200-plus staff. The Division prosecutes over 18,000 criminal cases a year, as well as civil enforcement of code violations. Deputy City Attorney since 2002. I provided seven years of legal advice to the San Diego Police Department and became Chief Legal Counsel to two Chiefs of Police, including Shelley Zimmerman, who has endorsed me. I was assigned to the City Attorney's Crisis Response Team, which advises key City leaders during critical incidents at the City Emergency Operations Center.

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office

A LEADER WITH 30 YEARS OF HONORABLE SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY: In my three decade military career, retiring as a Marine Corps Colonel, I held command at nearly every level, including active duty in the Gulf War and the War in Iraq. In my last mission in Iraq, I commanded an 800 Marine battalion, four military jails, and was responsible for support, security and stabilization missions in the Al Anbar Province. I was the Senior Marine Liaison to FEMA Region 9 for coordinating military support to local and state agencies in the time of disasters. Among my awards are a Bronze Star and Combat Action Ribbon.

SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER OF DISTINCTION: As a San Diego Police Officer for nine years, I patrolled the Eastern and Mid-City Divisions and was certified as a Field Training Officer, responsible for supervising and developing police academy trainees and graduates for duty as police officers. I also received numerous community commendations, a Commanding Officer's Citation and a Life Saving Citation.

Campaign website

Website

Facebook

Why are you seeking elective office?

TO SET A HIGHER STANDARD: The upcoming election for Sheriff is of vital importance to San Diego County. Crime is up on our streets and morale is down in our Sheriff's Department. There is an old saying that "a new broom sweeps clean." I will bring real change and strong leadership as your new Sheriff!

Leadership counts! Victims matter! We need fresh, new leadership for a real change in how we safeguard our neighborhoods, run our jails, treat victims of crime, and protect personal liberty (including the individual right to keep and bear arms).

That is why I have been endorsed by the California Republican Party, the Republican Party of San Diego County, former Mayor Kevin Faulconer, retired Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, Councilman Chris Cate, Mayors Richard Bailey (Coronado), Bill Wells (El Cajon), John Minto (Santee), the San Diego Deputy City Attorney's Association, and San Diego Asian Americans for Equality.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

I AM A LEADER ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND HOMELESSNESS: As Chief Criminal Prosecutor in San Diego, I have been a leader in criminal justice reform. Our Community Justice Initiative (CJI) is a post-plea program for low-level offenders, allowing cases to be dismissed by completing community service; participants gain access to education, job training and drug treatment. Our San Diego Misdemeanants At-Risk Track (SMART) program offers drug offenders social services, individualized treatment and housing placement. With SDPD, Prosecution and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Services (PLEADS) is a voluntary, pre-booking diversion program for individuals under the influence of drugs, who avoid prosecution and jail by agreeing to drug treatment.

I was the only sheriff's candidate who met with San Diego Asian Americans for Equality (SDAAFE) after the tragic shooting of Dr. Yan Li. While I cannot comment on a pending investigation, I pledged to institute de-escalation procedures to avoid mental health crises from spiraling out of control. San Diego County's Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) consists of licensed mental health clinicians paired with specially trained law enforcement officers and paramedics. PERT provides crisis resolution and proactive outreach to decrease hospitalization and incarceration. PERT must be fully funded and expanded to all shifts at all times — it needs to be the rule and not the exception.

SDAAFE President Joan Chen stated: "As Sheriff, John Hemmerling is committed to opening and maintaining a direct line of communication with the Asian American community as he strives to reduce violence and hate crimes in San Diego County. SDAAFE is proud to endorse Hemmerling for Sheriff."

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)

I WILL RESTORE LAW AND ORDER: According to the most recent SANDAG reports, violent crimes, including gang violence, have risen to heights that we haven't seen in many years. Crime should be decreasing. As sheriff, I will partner with every local agency, and state and federal partners, to root out the violent criminals who terrorize our neighborhoods.

I WILL INCREASE SERVICE TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES: Not everyone in San Diego County has the luxury of positive and proactive law enforcement support. Victims deserve a strong law enforcement response. Victims deserve to be heard, informed and protected. As sheriff, my ultimate goal will be protecting people's lives. I will ask: Which communities are most impacted by crime? Is there a trend? Are they receiving adequate support? Or are they neglected because they cannot afford the same level of staffing as other neighborhoods with more money? Failing to provide adequate law enforcement to underserved communities is just as inappropriate as over policing. Equal protection under the law is not only a constitutional right, it's often a matter of life or death!

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND CCW'S: The Second Amendment is a guarantor of our freedom as Americans. Individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. Our elected officials must ensure that citizens are able to protect their homes and their families, free from governmental overreach. Sheriffs in California are, by statute, entrusted with the role of approval of personal carry permits (CCW's). My firm belief is that the "good cause" evaluation process must allow each individual to assess their own need for personal safety or self-defense. I will ensure there is a quick turnaround and direct the Sheriff's Office to issue concealed carry permits for all persons who meet the statutory requirements, including completing the required training and passing the background investigation.

I WILL PROTECT BORDER SECURITY: As Sheriff, my job will be to protect the people of San Diego County. I will not proactively work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the performance of their stated missions — that would distract from my priority of focusing on crime in our neighborhoods. At the same time, I will not impede the ability of ICE and CBP to enforce federal laws at our border. I will assist ICE and CBP in criminal law enforcement, on an emergency, mutual aid basis, just like any other law enforcement agency that requests assistance. I will take aggressive action against those who commit any crimes along our southern border. Notifications and transfers that are related to criminal violations of the law will be made in accordance with California state law. The release of information of all prisoners in the San Diego Sheriff's custody will be public information unless safety or security is specifically identified as a reason to withhold that information.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I have devoted my life to protecting and serving the public in leadership positions as a decorated Marine Corps Colonel, San Diego Police Officer, and as Chief Criminal Prosecutor in the San Diego City Attorney's Criminal and Community Justice Division. My career spans 27 years of dedicated service to the City and 30 years of faithful military service. I have patrolled the streets, fought to protect our laws, and put my own life on the line to lead courageously in battle. Those who know me will attest that I am a person of action more than empty words. I lead with integrity and have the time-tested experience to set a new and higher standard for our Sheriff's Department.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN TO GO ON THE OFFENSIVE: I retired from the Marines in 2014, after 30 years and two combat tours of duty in the Middle East. I learned combat leadership skills from legendary Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who later became a four-star general, head of U.S. Central Command and secretary of defense.

As a young Marine lieutenant during the Gulf War in 1990, I worked directly under Mattis on a daily basis for a year. At the time, then-Lt. Col. Mattis led a battalion of 800 Marines. My role was coordinating artillery and forward observation for Mattis.

Mattis already had quite a reputation as a hard-nosed Marine commander. I found him very passionate and demanding, but fair. I grew to respect him. Mattis was very much an "in the thick of things" frontline commander. We were the first to breach mines surrounding the oil fields, and we were under continuous fire.

The best piece of advice Mattis shared with me was, "Embrace compromise and compassion. Always be kind and inviting. But always have a plan to go on the offensive."

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I WILL PUT VICTIMS FIRST, NOT CRIMINALS: I strongly support efforts to reform Proposition 47. Prop 47 more than doubled the stolen goods threshold under which people could be charged for felony theft, from $450 to $950. And it practically decriminalized drug crimes, removing incentives for drug defendants to seek treatment through Drug Court.

Former San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman (who has endorsed my candidacy) called Prop 47 "a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card." I support changes to the theft limits, such as reducing the felony threshold to $400. I support mandatory treatment as an alternative to criminal charges for drugs. Without providing an incentive to accept meaningful drug rehabilitation, we perpetuate an endless cycle of 911 calls to police, paramedics and first responders, to the detriment of our communities.

I opposed Prop 57, which was supposed to give "non-violent" inmates a chance at early parole, because it included many convicted of violent crimes. Now the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is doubling down. I wrote to CDCR: "I strongly oppose CDCR's plan for the early release of criminals. We already afford those who have made a mistake in truly nonviolent offenses opportunities for rehabilitation and integration. However, violent criminals, including many considered 'non-violent' under CDCR's narrow definition (including offenders who were convicted of human trafficking and domestic violence, and those who have dangerous criminal histories of armed robbery and attempted murder), only leave prison more violent. These early releases of criminals further threaten the safety of our communities and inflict additional suffering on the victims of crime."

Public safety is the number one job of government. Those of us entrusted with protecting the community must put victims first, not criminals!

 

Videos (3)

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego has a new Interim Sheriff in town but the 2022 Sheriffs Race is just around the corner.

Enter candidate John Hemmerling, his campaign pledges to do something about the recent rise in violent crime across the county.

He’s also been critical of the county department of corrections and their early release program for violent offenders.

On Good Evening San Diego, KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries talked with candidate John Hemmerling about his campaign.

In his interview, Hemmerling emphasized the need for a comprehensive change in department leadership and his plan to surround himself with a senior staff with the “same philosophy” and “same mindset.” He comes across as a no-nonsense leader who will have high expectations for his department and how it performs — and respect for all. "Not everyone in San Diego County has the luxury of positive and proactive law enforcement support,” he wrote in his Q&A. “Equal protection is not just a constitutional issue, it’s a public safety issue."

— May 23, 2022 East County Magazine, Miriam Raftery, May 10, 2022 (San Diego)

John Hemmerling is a  a retired Marine Corps Colonel and combat veteran, a former San Diego Police officer, and he’s served as head prosecutor in the city of San Diego’s Criminal and Community Justice Division. Now he’s running for San Diego Sheriff, hoping to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of former Sheriff Bill Gore. 

East County Magazine recently sat down for an in-depth interview with Hemmerling. He's pledged to reduce violent crimes is one of his top priorities. “I’m going to focus on neighborhoods that have been underserved” on both violent and nonviolent crimes." He wants to improve morale in the Sheriff’s department. He says the last couple of years has seen a perception of law enforcement, bad press and “defund the police”  have caused morale and recruiting problems. He also wants to increase advancement opportunities in the department. “It’s important to have a leader who has vision and a leader who has backbone,” Hemmerling concluded, “Instead of focusing so much on social justice, I’m going to get back to criminal justice and respecting victims of crime.” His website is https://www.johnhemmerlingforsheriff.com/

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