Filling the Vacancy of the County Sheriff


The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will be considering individuals who applied to serve the unexpired term of the elected San Diego County Sheriff. 

On January 19, 2022, the Board of Supervisors was notified that County Sheriff William D. Gore would be resigning from his office effective February 3, 2022.  

The Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement services that aim to protect everyone’s right to life and security of person. This includes approximately one million diverse county residents spanning the nearly 4,500 square miles of service area, nine contract cities, the Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District, seven court facilities throughout the county, and 18 Indian reservations, in addition to the approximately 5,000 individuals that are in custody per day. Ensuring public safety requires positive engagement, proactive involvement, and genuine connection with the diverse communities and residents being served.

The person appointed by the Board will be expected to complete the current term that expires January 2023.

Applicants for this position must:

  • be a registered voter of the County of San Diego;
  • be a citizen of the United States and the State of California;
  • meet the requirements of Government Code Section 24004.3 pertaining to criteria to hold office as a Sheriff;
  • not have been convicted of any crime disqualifying the applicant from holding elected office;
  • complete the application process; and
  • be able to formally assume the position not later than twenty (20) business days following the selection by the Board of Supervisors.

Finalists will be subject to a background check and the selected candidate will be required to pass the County’s standard medical exam and full background investigation.

The application period closed on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5 p.m. The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors received applications from the following individuals (in alphabetical order by last name):

  1. Michael Barletta
  2. Edwin Brock
  3. Anthony Ray
  4. Harold Turner (WITHDRAWN - Mr. Turner withdrew his application on March 10, 2022)

On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the Board of Supervisors heard from the three applicants and selected Michael Barletta, Edwin Brock, and Anthony Ray to proceed to the finalist stage. Below are the links to the agenda item from March 15, 2022:

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 9 a.m., the Board of Supervisors will hear from each finalist and select the Interim Sheriff. Below are the links to the agenda item for March 22, 2022:


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