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SheriffSan Mateo CountyJune 5, 2018California Primary Election

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June 5, 2018California Primary Election

San Mateo CountySheriff

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Appointed Sheriff
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  • Public Safety: Keeping San Mateo County Safe from Terrorism and other Threats to Public Safety
  • Fiscal Responsibility: Managing the Sheriff’s Office budget wisely and efficiently
  • Community Programs & Alliance: Promoting Healthy Communities by Empowering Families with Education, Knowledge, and Resources
Profession:Sheriff of San Mateo County
Sheriff of San Mateo County, County of San Mateo (2016current)
Sheriff of San Mateo County, County Board of Supervisors — Appointed position (20162018)
Undersheriff of San Mateo County, County of San Mateo (20072016)
Undersheriff of San Mateo County, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors — Appointed position (20072016)
Chief of Police, City of Redwood City (19952007)
Chief of Police, City Council of Redwood City — Appointed position (19952007)
Police Captain, City of Salinas (19911995)
Police Captain, City of Salinas — Appointed position (19911995)
Police Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant, City of Palo Alto (19791991)
University of San Francisco Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (current)
California State University East Bay. Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Public Administration (current)
Board Member, Rotary of Redwood City (2007current)
Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (2007current)
Board Member, Star Vista (2007current)
Board Member, Service League (20072015)
Board President, Redwood City Police Activities League (19952007)

My parents emigrated from Nicaragua. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I have been married to my wonderful wife Kim for 38 years, and we have three amazing children together, Christina, Ashley and Michael. We are excited to welcome our second grandchild this year.

My formal education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University East Bay. I am also a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College and the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and the Security Naval Postgraduate School.I believe that law enforcement has a role in the prevention of crime through the establishment of positive relationships with the community, and through the development of programs for our youth.

I began my law enforcement career in 1979 as a police officer with the Palo Alto Police Department. In my 12 years I worked as a patrol officer, training officer, SWAT Team member, detective, and promoted to the ranks of Agent, Sergeant and Lieutenant.

In 1991, I was appointed as Police Captain with the Salinas Police Department and served there for three years. In 1994 I was appointed as Chief of Police of the Redwood City Police Department.

I served as Redwood City Chief of Police for 12 years, focusing my energies on the community of Redwood City. My main priorities were ensuring that we worked in partnership with the community in the delivery of law enforcement services, providing programs for our youth to help them avoid gangs, drugs and other dangerous behaviors.

In January 2007, I was appointed as the Undersheriff of San Mateo County by Sheriff Greg Munks. As the Undersheriff, I was responsible for the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office which included oversight of the Crime Lab, Technology Services and Administration & Finance.

I am proud to have served the residents of San Mateo County for the last 20 years. My 39 years of experience in Law Enforcement along with my formal education, dedication to continuous improvement for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and commitment to the community makes me the right choice for San Mateo County.

 

On August 2, 2016, I was appointed Sheriff of San Mateo County by the Board of Supervisors. I am extremely proud to be a member of the Sheriff's Office. I care deeply for the organization and the men and women whom I have the privilege to serve with. My current role as Sheriff combined with my previous experience as Undersheriff gives me a clear understanding of the Sheriff's Office and I look forward to continuing my public safety leadership responsibilities as your Sheriff.

  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Assemblymember Marc Berman
  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council
  • San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association
  • San Mateo County Organization of Sheriff’s Sergeants
  • San Mateo Police Officers' Association
  • Menlo Park Police Officers' Association
  • San Francisco Deputy Sheriff's Associations
— April 23, 2018 PAID FOR BY CARLOS BOLANOS FOR SHERIFF 2018 FPPC ID# 1380816
Sheriff Bolanos has a proven track record of efficiently managing multi-million dollar budgets as Redwood City Chief of Police, Undersheriff of San Mateo County, and now as our Sheriff. Sheriff Bolanos currently oversees 800 employees and a $270 million-dollar budget. He is managing our fiscal resources in a responsible manner and staying within budget without compromising the high level of law enforcement services provided to the residents of San Mateo County.        
— April 23, 2018 PAID FOR BY CARLOS BOLANOS FOR SHERIFF 2018 FPPC ID# 1380816

 

 

Community Programs & Alliance: Promoting Healthy Communities by Empowering Families with Education, Knowledge, and Resources

Maintaining exceptionally strong Community Programs such as the Sheriff’s Activities League, School Resource Officer Program and the Community Alliance to Revitalize our Neighborhood  (CARON) Program.

— April 23, 2018 PAID FOR BY CARLOS BOLANOS FOR SHERIFF 2018 FPPC ID# 1380816

 

 

Reducing Recidivism: Focusing on Progressive Inmate ProgrammingCopy Of -Transparency: Understanding the Importance of Accountability in Law Enforcement

  • Ensuring that we continue to prepare our incarcerated population with the tools to successfully return to our communities through progressive inmate programs. The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the following organizations to achieve this goal:

    • The Service League

    • Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC)

    • Five Keys Schools and Programs

    • Stanford University

    • The Peninsula Humane Society

    • JobTrain

— April 23, 2018 PAID FOR BY CARLOS BOLANOS FOR SHERIFF 2018 FPPC ID# 1380816

I began my law enforcement career in 1979 as a police officer with the Palo Alto Police Department. In my 12 years I worked as a patrol officer, training officer, SWAT Team member, detective, and promoted to the ranks of Agent, Sergeant and Lieutenant.

In 1991, I was appointed as Police Captain with the Salinas Police Department and served there for three years. In 1994 I was appointed as Chief of Police of the Redwood City Police Department.

I served as Redwood City Chief of Police for 12 years, focusing my energies on the community of Redwood City. My main priorities were ensuring that we worked in partnership with the community in the delivery of law enforcement services, providing programs for our youth to help them avoid gangs, drugs and other dangerous behaviors.

 

 
Deputy Sheriff
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  • Transparency and Predictive Policing, training to respond effectively to prevent future crimes, and building trust with the public.
  • Recruitment, Retention and Training of Qualified Deputies.
  • No-Tolerance attitude towards Human Sex Trafficking.
Profession:Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff, San Mateo County, California — Appointed position (2008current)
City Council Member, CITY OF GUSTINE — Elected position (20022006)
City Manager & Director of Public Safety, City of Livingston, CA. — Appointed position (19992002)
City Manager, City of Guistine, CA. — Appointed position (19911999)
Chief of Police, City of Guistine — Appointed position (19881991)
CAL Poly, Pomona, CA. P.O.S.T. Management Certificate, Management of Law Enforcement Certificate (1992)
CAL Poly, Pamona, CA. P.O.S.T. Executive Certificate, Peace Officers Standards and Training (1990)
Humboldt State University P.O.S.T. Advanced Certificate, Multiple Subjects in Policing (1986)
Humboldt State University P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate, Supervision of Law Enforcement (1986)
Ohlone College AA (with honors), Criminal Justice (1983)

I was born and raised in San Francisco, where I was one of five children.  My father was a carpenter, and my mother was in customer service at Wilson Sporting Goods. We were raised in the Catholic faith, and I attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School, and Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. I have two wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren.   

 

 My law enforcement career started in July of 1975.  I have had the privilege to serve in cities and counties throughout California where my experience in police work and public safety have led to my current position with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. This breadth of experience has prepared me to serve as Sheriff of San Mateo County.

 

  • San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan
  • San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Edmundo Larenas
  • Midcoast Community Council Member Barbra Mathewson
  • Coastside Progressive Democrats
  • Dan Stegink Candidate for County Supervisor

I have committed over 40 years to protecting and serving the public, and have found that law enforcement must be transparent and work with the community, to ensure that public safety is not a commodity available only to certain groups of people. I havhave committed 40 years to protecting and serving the public and, like you, can see that change is needed.  

I have learned that trust between leadership and staff is critical, and more importantly with the public we promise to protect and serve.

Mark D. Melville: My Policy on Human Sex Trafficking

Summary

Policy on Human Sex Trafficking. 

As your Sheriff, I will actively promote solutions that encompass Education, Enforcement, and Prosecution. Law Enforcement Agencies and citizens must maintain and enforce a “No Tolerance” attitude towards Human Sex Trafficking. When we work together, we can restore victims’ dignity and freedom.    

ICE and Sanctuary City Status

Summary

Mark D. Melville's policies towards ICE and Sanctuary City Status of Suspects

Individuals who are considered to be in violation of US Immigration Laws will be dealt with by Federal Authorities, not local law enforcement officials.   California law enforcement officials are specifically directed in how we are to deal with Federal Officials, as well as those who are determined to be  undocumented Immigrants.  Immigrants are valuable and essential members of our  community, and shall be treated as such. As your Sheriff, I will enforce the  provisions of Senate Bill 54, and in those areas of the law where I have discretion as to how a provision is to be handled, I will handle it in the best  interest of the immigrant.  All residents of San Mateo County will be treated  with dignity and respect, no matter what their document status is.

Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Deputies

Summary

Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Deputies

Vacancies in law enforcement have reached crisis proportions, and we must take an active role in the recruitment of individuals. We have some visibility through various programs for youth administered by the Sheriff’s office, but we need to do more. As your Sheriff, I will assume the role of educator, mentor, and even parent when warranted. Targeting this population for law enforcement careers is a realistic and productive long-term solution.    

— May 6, 2018 Mark D. Melville for Sheriff 2018 Campaign

Instilling confidence in law enforcement, specifically with our deputies working for the San Mateo County Sheriffs Office.

— May 6, 2018 Mark D. Melville for Sheriff 2018 Campaign

Explaining our duties and obligations when detaining a suspect who is an undocumented immigrant. 

— May 6, 2018 Mark D. Melville for Sheriff 2018 Campaign

Casual chat with Mark about hsi career in public service and law enforcement.

— May 6, 2018 Mark D. Melville for Sheriff 2018 Campaign

Mark D. Melville discusses his policies on gun ownership, and the Second Amendment.

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