ELECTION 2019 CANDIDATE PROFILE
Candidate’s submitted biography (unedited):
I’m honored to have served as your Sheriff since 2003. Much has been accomplished. Crime rates and violence plummeted, gangs and drug trafficking organizations were disrupted and deputy availability has increased. When safe and appropriate, deputies are increasingly leveraging community resources to divert people with mental health and substance abuse problems from jail to pathways for treatment. Specialized mental health deputies intervene in the most complex and volatile situations. Neighborhood deputies provide safety and security through community policing.
I worked with responsible officials to arrange critically needed safety and security improvements to the jail and refocus on a more humanely and safely designed facility. Prudent policies and programs to prevent recidivism, reduce incarceration, and utilize space in other jails mitigated overcrowding. Incarcerated people now have opportunities for education and treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. We have the most robust jail alternatives program in Washington including electronic monitoring. Eligible offenders often can maintain employment and family connections.
Emergency management planning and exercises made our community better prepared to mitigate and recover from disasters. I testified before Congress resulting in millions in grants to enhance capabilities.
I desire to continue working with our community to continue these successes in protecting our safety and quality of life.
Education and Experience: B.S./M.S. Criminal Justice; Juris Doctor; experienced in all facets local law enforcement including service as Police Chief, Prosecutor, Police Legal Advisor. FBI Command College, National Law Institute, multiple prestigious national police administration programs. Vice Chair of Criminal Justice Training Commission; Past President of Washington Sheriffs’ Association. Licensed Attorney (inactive). Community Service: Boys and Girls Club corporate board 10 years, recipient National Service to Youth Award; Brigid Collins Family Service Center Advisory Board-2018 Sister Brigid Collins Award; Humane Society Woof and Whiskers Award; former Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow.
Whatcom County Sheriff candidate Bill Elfo is interviewed by My Ferndale News (October 2019).
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