Craig Therkildsen gets my vote

By October 26, 2010

JEFF NEVES, Retired Sheriff

Shingle Springs


There are very significant qualification differences between the two candidates for El Dorado County sheriff. Amador County DA Investigator John D’Agostini’s only law enforcement leadership experience is with a small, rural narcotics unit. A unit with fewer personnel than a single patrol shift from our Sheriff’s Office. He has no personnel management experience and no functional law enforcement budgetary experience, which amounts to about 60 percent of what a sheriff does, particularly in these trying times. He has no educational degrees, Peace Officer Standards & Training leadership and/or executive certificates listed on his Website.

Upon being elected sheriff in 2002 I, along with 16 other newly elected sheriffs, attended a New Sheriffs training session hosted by the California State Sheriffs Association. During a panel discussion from tenured sheriffs, it was explained to our group that any newly elected sheriff whose experience level is that of a first line sergeant or below will likely be a one-term sheriff. I personally witnessed that occurrence three times. The real tragedy is the agency is left in dysfunction and turmoil from an inexperienced leader.

I had the honor of serving as a sergeant for our Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit in the early ’90s. I know from personal experience that at that point in my career I was in no way qualified or prepared to be sheriff.

Capt. Craig Therkildsen has 28 years of law enforcement experience with our Sheriff’s Office. He successfully attained the executive leadership positions of lieutenant and captain and has extensive expertise in personnel management, all necessary to be an effective leader. Craig has the contemporary experience necessary to lead the varied divisions within the department, divisions such as the jail, patrol, detectives, civil, coroner, internal affairs, Search and Rescue, personnel and budgeting. He has either worked, supervised or commanded each of these divisions.

I trust Craig to be our sheriff. Please join me in electing Craig Therkildsen as our sheriff.

Pat Lakey

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