Undersheriff Don Barnes Launches Campaign with Overwhelming Support from Orange County Law Enforcement

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017
Contact: Dave Gilliard

Santa Ana, CA – – Less than 48 hours old, Undersheriff Don Barnes’ campaign for Sheriff of Orange County has garnered overwhelming support from law enforcement leaders and Police Chiefs across Orange County.  Barnes is now the clear frontrunner to succeed popular Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, who has announced her decision to retire at the end of her current term.

Barnes, a 29-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, has already received endorsements from Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and former Sheriff Brad Gates. In addition, these Police Chiefs have announced their support for Barnes’ candidacy:

Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada

Costa Mesa Police Chief Robert Sharpnack

CSU Fullerton Police Chief Dennis DeMaio

Fullerton Interim Police Chief John Siko

Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy

Irvine Chief of Police Mike Hamel

La Palma Police Chief Terry Kim

Los Alamitos Police Chief Eric Nunez

Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis*

Orange Police Chief Tom Kisela

Placentia Police Chief Darin Lenyi

Seal Beach Police Chief Joe Miller

Tustin Police Chief Charlie Celano

UCI Police Chief Jorge Cisneros

 “I am very grateful to have the support of Police Chiefs from across Orange County who I work with daily with one goal in mind – keeping our citizens safe,” said Barnes. “Protecting our community is a collaborative effort and I am honored to have the support of the public safety leaders who know my record and my commitment to our community.”

As Orange County Undersheriff, Don Barnes oversees the daily operations of the department’s 24 Divisions and the 16 police service contracts. He is responsible for strategic development of programs to improve public safety services to the residents of Orange County. Barnes began his career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1989 and has served in numerous leadership roles inside the department. Please visit BarnesforSheriff.com for more information.

* in his personal capacity

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