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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

San Diego CountyCandidate for Sheriff

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Dave Myers

Commander, Sheriff's Department
271,598 votes (40.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Accountability, community trust, fairness, equality, and respect in policing
  • Fighting the opioid & meth epidemics
  • Improving our county jails



Profession:33-year Sheriff's Department Veteran
Commander, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (2012–current)
Captain, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (2010–2012)
Lieutenant, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (2008–2010)
Sergeant, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (1994–2008)
Deputy, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (1985–1994)

Community Activities

Elected Trustee, San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (2003–current)
Vice Chair, County of San Diego LGBT & Allies Association (2016–current)
Founder, Sheriff's Department Youth Advisory Group (2012–current)


I was born and raised in San Diego County. I’m proud to be a lifelong resident. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a police officer and I’ve never questioned that decision throughout my career.

I’ve been in law enforcement for 35 years, with 33 years at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. I have worked all over the county, including our backcountry, and have been involved with nearly every aspect of law enforcement.

Since I started my run for sheriff, I’ve heard from and have met with thousands of San Diego County residents.

People are concerned about the growing opioid and methamphetamine epidemics. They see the number of officer-involved shootings and wonder what is being done to prepare deputies to de-escalate dangerous situations. They question the truthfulness of claims that crime is down.

People are surprised to learn about the number of hepatitis cases in our jails, or that CDC standards for disease prevention and women’s health have not been implemented. Or that our crime labs don’t test all rape kits. Or that extremely high rates of inmate violence and suicide are not being addressed.

Public trust has been eroded by several well-publicized incidents. These issues do more than degrade the quality of life for our residents, they make us less safe and contribute to the growth of mistrust.  These incidents have also led to lawsuits costing San Diego County taxpayers over $24 million at last count. 

Our brave women and men in uniform strive to do their best to serve and protect. I understand what a day in the life of a deputy is like, because I was one.  I had to climb the ranks to reach my current position.

I’ve been with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for 33 years and I believe that we’re in a state of stagnation due to a reactive and outdated policing culture. We are not keeping up with emerging strategies to combat increasingly sophisticated criminals, nor building the community partnerships that keep our communities and our deputies safe.

I am running for Sheriff because I believe we can turn things around.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego County Democratic Party

Organizations (9)

  • The Victory Fund
  • Unite Here! Local #30
  • UA Local #230
  • IBEW #569
  • Tom Homman LGBT Law Association
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
  • San Diego County Gun Owners
  • Equality California

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters (San Diego and North County San Diego chapters) (6)

Should the Sheriff's Department work closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify undocumented immigrants in police custody? How do you plan to prioritize supporting requests from ICE along with your other duties?
Answer from Dave Myers:

SB54 is the law in California and that means that unless a person has certain charges against them, listed in SB54, the sheriff is not permitted to coordinate with ICE.  For those offenders whose crimes or criminal histories are serious enough to meet the threshold set by SB54, we will coordinate.  However, we will not create a climate of fear by targeting people who have commited low-level offenses or no crime at all.  To do so would create a climate of fear in which victims do not seek help or report crimes, making it impossible for law enforcment to identify the real criminals. 

Do you support allowing retail marijuana sales in San Diego County? How will you handle policing marijuana activity effectively?
Answer from Dave Myers:

I support retail marijuana sales that hold proper permits and are in compliance with the law.   I will work with local officials to support compliance efforts and ensure that store owners and customers are safe.  I will redirect resources allocated to the enforcement of outdated cannabis laws toward fighting our opioid and meth crisis.

Should the Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board be required to investigate every death that occurs in custody? Why or why not?
Answer from Dave Myers:

Yes.  Our Citizen's Law Enforcment Review Board (CLERB) should have the right to investigate any and all incidents that occur within the sheriff's jurisdiction and should be tasked with investigating in-custody deaths.  Unfortunately, CLERB has been unable to maintain the current caseload as they recently dropped 22 cases that were pending investigation.  We need to increase the CLERB budget and comply with requirements for transparency so we don't delay justice or impair the public's right to know. 

Should video from body-worn cameras be released to the public? Why or why not?
Answer from Dave Myers:

If the video is not part of a sensitive investigation, doesn't violate a reasonable expectation of privacy for victims, or put the public at greater risk of harm, yes.  In fact, this would demonstrate the good work that our Deputies are doing on a daily basis, which helps to build trust with our communities.

Does the Sheriff's Department need to improve its diversity? Why or why not?
Answer from Dave Myers:

Yes. This has been a priority for me since day one.  A more diverse department in which we look and sound more like the folks we are policing helps to build bridges and makes both deputies and the communities we serve safer.  This is not just identity politics, this is understanding that we have all been raised to view the world differently based on our life experiences. I am the only openly gay deputy who ranks at the command staff level and can attest that it can be a challenge when you don't fit the norm.

Do you support measures to stop the criminalization of homelessness? The basic human behaviors of many homeless people (like sitting, sleeping and bathing in public) are against the law. Please provide specific examples of measures you would support.
Answer from Dave Myers:

Yes. I support the decriminalization of homelessness.  At any given time 26% of the inmates in our county jails are homeless.  When homeless people are not incarcerated, they are shoved from one part of the city to another.  I am not proud that the county jail is the largest mental health provider in County.  I will work with local leaders as an advocate for coordinated re-entry and wraparaound services that are the foundation of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of homlessness.

Videos (1)

— May 28, 2018 Dave Myers for Sheriff

Dave Myers has proudly served San Diego County for over 33 years. He has risen through the ranks from Deputy to Commander. Dave Myers has the experience to rebuild community trust and restore accountability. 

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