SANTA ANA â€“ The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) announced today that they have chosen to endorse retired Lt. Bill Hunt for election this June as Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.Â The decision came after a vote this week of their general membership.
â€œAfter serving in the United States Army after high school, Bill Hunt rose through the ranks of the Orange County Sheriffâ€™s Department, serving over 21 years within the department’s divisions including jails, patrol, investigations, training, narcotics, gangs, SWAT, and management,â€ said AOCDS PAC Chairman Thomas Dominguez.Â â€œWe believe he is strongly qualified and our membership supports his campaign.â€
The Association, which represents over 1,800 fully sworn deputies, investigators, and sergeants of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations, conducted a vote of its membership at the conclusion of a Sheriff-Coroner candidates forum they hosted last Thursday, March 18.Â Voting continued up through last evening at 5:00 P.M. Â The final results were:Â
Retired Lt. Bill HuntÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 50.24%
Sheriff Sandra HutchensÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 26.70%
Deputy Chief Craig HunterÂ Â Â Â Â 12.02%
No EndorsementÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 11.04%
â€œA video tape of the recent candidatesâ€™ forum was posted on the AOCDS Web Site for our membership to view,â€ said Dominguez.Â â€œWe wanted to make sure they were as informed as possible about the views of the three candidates before they made their decision regarding an endorsement.â€