Hunt Scores Deputy Sheriff’s Endorsement

Retired Lt. Bill Hunt

SANTA ANA – 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.  The decision came after a vote this week of their general membership.

“After serving in the United States Army after high school, Bill Hunt rose through the ranks of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, serving over 21 years within the department’s divisions including jails, patrol, investigations, training, narcotics, gangs, SWAT, and management,” said AOCDS PAC Chairman Thomas Dominguez.  “We believe he is strongly qualified and our membership supports his campaign.”

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.  Voting continued up through last evening at 5:00 P.M.  The final results were: 

Retired Lt. Bill Hunt                  50.24%
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens         26.70%
Deputy Chief Craig Hunter      12.02%
No Endorsement                      11.04%

“A video tape of the recent candidates’ forum was posted on the AOCDS Web Site for our membership to view,” said Dominguez.  “We 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.”