05/15/2010: "Three Who Would Be Sheriff"
(Candidates for Sheriff: Johnson, Menjivar and Nou )
The field now includes three law enforcement officers who are running for the position of Sheriff of San Juan County after Sheriff Bill Cumming said he would not seek another term .
The First to announce was Brent Johnson, quickly followed by Felix Menjivar, both of San Juan Island, and now Rob Nou of Lopez has announced that he too will be a candidate for Sheriff. Following below, in the order of their release, are the three official announcements of the candidates.
My name is Brent Johnson and I am running for the office of Sheriff of San Juan County. I have been living in the San Juan Islands with my wife, Lynne-Anne, and daughter, Lenora, since Sheriff Cumming hired me as Lead Detective for the Sheriffs Office nearly eight years ago. With over thirty five years of experience in law enforcement, thirteen of which in supervisory positions, and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, I look forward to taking the next step in serving our community as Sheriff.
I have always believed in the importance of law enforcement being involved in the needs of the community. Through the years I have continued to serve as a volunteer fire fighter, a co-coordinator for the Fire Wise program of San Juan County, a volunteer member of the Island Chapter of the American Red Cross, board member for the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services, and Chair of the Veterans Advisory Board of San Juan County.
It has been my experience that the needs of our small community are no different than those of the large communities I have served over the years. We all wish to be safe and secure and my goal is to make this happen. With more meaningful and intense training of our Deputies and the acquisition of much needed equipment, I believe this can be accomplished. In today’s climate of ever increasing crime I also believe that staff increases to provide twenty four hour law enforcement coverage has become necessary. The further development of relationships with outside state and federal agencies that can provide additional resources at no cost to our county is paramount.
This brief introduction of my self can hardly begin to express the plans and goals that I envision when it comes to public safety. I look forward to the opportunity of discussing the needs of our community with you, and to serving you as Sheriff in the very near future.
My name is Felix Menjivar and I am running for the office of Sheriff. My family and I fell in love with the San Juan Islands from the moment we arrived in 2002 and we see ourselves here for decades to come.
My family is the most important part of my life. My wife Angela and I, have three children, our 15-year-old twin boys Levi and Dylan and our 10-year-old daughter Samantha.
I am currently a Town of Friday Harbor Council Member; I am the president of the Sheriff's Guild, a volunteer firefighter with the town of Friday Harbor and the chair for the architectural committee of my home owner's association. I have been a member of the town planning commission, the past president of my home owner's association and a former volunteer Lopez Island firefighter.
I am 41-years-old with over 10 years of law enforcement experience. I started in 1998 with the Yakima County Sheriff's office as a patrol deputy and later became a detective assigned to a narcotics unit. I specialized in investigating clandestine methamphetamine labs.
I moved to the San Juan Islands in 2002. During my time with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office I have worked as a 911 dispatcher and a patrol deputy both on Lopez and San Juan Island. I am currently one of two Collision Reconstructionist for the Sheriff's Office. I am bilingual, fully fluent in Spanish.
During my service as a Deputy Sheriff for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, I have learned to appreciate the unique needs of the different islands.
My word is my most valuable asset. I lead by example and expect a high level of ethics and professionalism from the Sheriff's Office, anything less is unacceptable. My Motto is “Service with Integrity.”
My strong belief in ethics, professionalism and fairness has earned the trust and respect of this community.
I have proven my leadership skills while in the military, business, and Law Enforcement.
The citizens of San Juan County deserve a Sheriff that can lead the Sheriff's Office into the future.
I have the experience, the staying power and energy to handle the duties of being your Sheriff.
I look forward to discussing your community needs and concerns, as well as, sharing my vision and plans for the future of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
Committed to the County
My name is Rob Nou and I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for San Juan County Sheriff.
I have 28 years of law enforcement experience, including 20 years in management. In that time I have worked a variety of assignments providing me with a broad range of experience as a deputy, detective, sergeant, and Chief of Police I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the world renowned program for law enforcement executives.
As your Sheriff, it is my goal to work collaboratively with each of our island communities to solve problems and preserve the “island way of life”. It is my intention to work in partnership with our schools to ensure a safe and secure learning environment. I believe that public safety agencies should work seamlessly together to maximize effective use of assets and resources in working towards common goals.
I am honored to live and work on Lopez Island, serving as a Deputy Sheriff. I am a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Lopez Fire & EMS. I am a member of the Lopez Island Prevention Coalition and have worked with Lopez School on safety projects.
I graduated from Oregon College of Education with Bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 1981. I have 2 sons, Chris, 23 and Danny, 20 who both live in Oregon.
As Sheriff Bill retires after 6 terms as your Sheriff, San Juan County faces an important decision in choosing it’s next Sheriff. I believe that I possess the necessary education, experience, training and leadership to fill those shoes.