Itâ€™s official. Jim Gardiner, former SLO Chief of Police, filed papers last Thursday in his quest to unseat the countyâ€™s top cop,
Sheriff Pat Hedges.
Â Gardiner faced off against Hedges in 1998, but lost by about 1400 votes.
Â â€œThe reason Iâ€™m running this time, and this is pretty much where I want to keep it, is that members of the department and members of the community came to me to ask me to run and thatâ€™s why I am running.â€?
Â Gardiner, who at the moment is retired (he resigned from the police force soon after he lost the election), but heavily involved in community work, isnâ€™t saying much more than that for now.
Â â€œWe wont know where the Deputy of Associated Sheriffs is until the end of month. I want to save my in-depth comments until after talk with them.â€?
Â One reason Gardiner lost the election, many say, is that he did not have support of the DAS.
Â â€œI would not be doing this if I werenâ€™t personally committed to the members of the department and to the county.â€?
Â The election is scheduled for November.