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San Diego CountyCandidate for Sheriff

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Dave Myers

Retired Sheriff Commander
116,072 votes (17.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Transparency & accountability
  • Stop Jail Deaths
  • Equitable & respectful policing in ALL neighborhoods



Profession:35-year law enforcement, Sheriff Cmdr (ret)
Sheriff Commander(ret), San Diego Sheriff's Department (1985–2018)
Trustee, San Diego County Emplyees Retirement Association — Elected position (2003–2018)


Univ. Penn, Stanford, Harvard POST Management Cert, U of Penn, Harvard, Stanford, Financial Certs, Finance, Law Enforcement (2004)

Community Activities

Honorary Chair of Board, Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation (2018–2022)


I retired June 2018 from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department after 33 years as

a Commander. I have worked in law enforcement for 35 years, starting out as a police

officer with the Carlsbad Police Department, and then lateraled to the San Diego Sheriff’s

Department working my way up the ranks at the Sheriff’s Department from a patrol Deputy to

Commander. I have worked in almost every part of the Sheriff’s Department, including as a

patrol Deputy, a detentions (jails) Deputy, a homicide detective, a COPPS (Community Oriented

Policing & Problem Solving), front line supervisor, a Lieutenant for the Border Crime

Suppression Team and the Communications Center. As Commander, I have managed 24 patrol stations and substations encompassing all of San Diego County. In addition, I ran the Special Investigations Division/Central Investigations Division, which included homicide, narcotics, terrorism, and gangs, child abuse, criminal intelligence, financial crimes, elder abuse, domestic violence. I served as the Commander for the Courts Division, which is responsible for the security at all Superior Court facilities in San Diego County including the County of San Diego Water Park and all the special event at the park. For fifteen years, I have served as an elected Trustee on the San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Association (SDCERA), twice elected board Chairman. SDCERA manages defined benefits in excess of 12 Billion dollars for over 44,000 public employees.

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