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Deputy says he'll challenge sheriff in 2018 election

 

The announcement is not yet official, but Deputy Sheriff Mark D. Melville says he is running for the top job in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in the June 2018 election.

"I definitely will be a candidate for Sheriff," he told the Almanac in an Aug. 10 email, noting the extent of his campaign's online presence, including his website and accounts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. "My team and I are working on when to have the 'Big Announcement,'" he said.

The current sheriff, Carlos Bolanos, has an online presence as well, including a website, and has said he is running for election in 2018. Mr. Bolanos was appointed to his post last year by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Melville, 60, lives in South San Francisco and has been a deputy sheriff since 2008, his website says. His duties include patrol, investigation, corrections, courts and transportation, and he is also an instructor in emergency vehicle operations and advanced officer driving.

He is a native San Franciscan and says he is single with two children and four grandchildren.

He has an associate degree in criminal justice (with honors) from Ohlone College, and has completed courses in police officer standards and training at Humboldt State University and Cal Poly in Pomona, his website says.

Mr. Melville served on police forces in Half Moon Bay, Patterson and Brisbane, where he was also a fire captain, his website says. As an adjunct professor with the Regional Police Academy at Modesto Junior College, he focused on criminal law, traffic accident investigation, narcotics and report writing.

His top issues: cracking down on human sex trafficking, leaving immigration law violations to the federal government so as not to discourage immigrant-community trust in local law enforcement, filling Sheriff's Office vacancies with qualified deputies, requiring body cameras on all deputies, updating training in the use of force, and community policing.

The 2018 election will not be his first electoral campaign. He was elected in 2002 to a four-year term on the City Council of Gustine, California, in Merced County.

His term on the Gustine council represented a return to the city, where three years earlier he completed 11 years as chief of police, including eight years in a dual capacity as police chief and city manager. In the intervening three years, he had been city manager and director of public safety in Livingston, also in Merced County.

According to the website Transparent California, which tracks compensation of public employees in the state, Mr. Melville was paid $346,678 in total compensation in 2016.

Sheriff Bolanos had been undersheriff since 2007, including in November 2015 when then-sheriff Greg Munks announced plans to not seek re-election in December 2018.

For what Mr. Munks said were health reasons, he retired after several more months on the job, on July 1, 2016. About two weeks later, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to appoint Mr. Bolanos to the job.

Mr. Bolanos was paid $524,296 in 2016, according to Transparent California.

Mr. Bolanos could not be reached for comment.

This will not be the first time a sitting San Mateo County sheriff has been challenged by a deputy.

In the spring of 2014, Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez, a 26-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, ran for the top job in a write-in campaign – his name was not on the ballot – against then-Sheriff Greg Munks, who was running for his third term and who won easily.

By the time the following June rolled around, Mr. Lopez had been arrested twice, once at gunpoint and each time on a different set of charges, including obstruction of justice, conspiracy, counterfeiting and perjury. His two cases are now into their third year of winding their way through the San Mateo County Superior Court system.

In a recent development, famed San Francisco criminal defense attorney J. Tony Serra signed on as Mr. Lopez's attorney. "Essentially, we view the case against him as a political case ... a sort of retribution, almost, for running for sheriff," said Attorney Maria Belyi, Mr. Serra's assistant. "I don't think that there is going to be any evidence of criminal wrongdoing."

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14 people like this
Posted by John The Baptist
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm

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Brave man as Bolanos is a made guy. The last Deputy who challenged Sheriff Munks has been persecuted by the Sheriff's office and the DA's office.

Bolanos was the wingman for Munks when the two of them were busted in an FBI anti sex slavery operation. Bolanos provided information that contradicted the excuses offered by Munks. Then both of them shut up per their inability to concoct a consistent narrative that explained how they ended up in a residential home in a residential neighborhood in hopes of getting a massage but not the kind of massage that has a happy ending.

Bolanos has lost the moral authority to lead. The example set by Bolanos, (blue code of silence), has not been lost on the women and men who Bolanos leads. Like all the East Bay officers who covered up the serial rape of a child by police officers, Bolanos and Munks covered each other's butts.

[Part removed.]


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Posted by Apt description
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

The phrase "made guy" is ironically very appropriate here. Let's not forget Wagstaffe and Guidotti. Without their help, Munks and Bolanos never could have survived the brothel incident.


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Posted by Melville is a Brave Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Mr. Melville is very brave indeed. Perhaps he senses that the powers that be behind Bolanos- Wagstaffe and Guidotti- aren't so powerful after all? Still he better watch his back..Hope he brings up the Bolanos/Munks incident in Vegas.. I believe that Bolanos attended this event where Wagstaffe was the keynote speaker on human trafficking recently: Web Link

Almanac News: who besides Karen Guidotti is running for DA next year?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

The Almanac says "Mr. Bolanos was appointed to his post last year by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors."

Carlos G. Bolanos was Illegally Appointed on July 12, 2016 by Don Horsley, Warren Slocum and Adrienne Tissier. It was not on the agenda item 7 to appoint anyone that day. Carlos G. Bolanos did not apply to be appointed, nobody did.

I asked Don Horsley to recuse himself from agenda item 7 because his son works for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, he refused to do so.

The 3 Supervisors, John Maltbie, John Beiers & David Silberman all worked to have this happen. I'm guessing it's value to be an incumbent is worth around $600,000.

Best of Luck to Mark B. Melville and San Mateo County


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Letter to the Editor at the time encouraged Carlos G. Bolanos to do the right thing and not accept the appointment.

Editor,

It was hugely disappointing to see that the Board of Supervisors chose to appoint Carlos Bolanos to the sheriff’s position rather than place the question on this November’s ballot for the people to decide (“Bolanos named sheriff” in the July 13 edition of the Daily Journal).

The sheriff is not simply a paid government employee; the role of the sheriff is not the same as that of a local city’s police chief. If one understands the history of the sheriff’s role, going all the way back to the time of the Anglo Saxons and King Alfred the Great, through the Magna Carta of 1215, and into the framers’ writing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, one would have to appreciate the very important role the sheriff plays in our republic. In Federalist 45, James Madison alluded to this role when he wrote about the checks and balances designed not only into the three branches of the federal government, but also to be carried out by the state governments, on down to the local jurisdictions. In a recent Supreme Court Case, Mack v. U.S., (1994), the importance of the sheriff’s role relative to the people was again demonstrated and recognized. The paramount role of the sheriff is to act as an elected representative of the people with unique, and I would say superior powers, of any other elected official.

Were I Carlos Bolanos, given the gravity of the office he will assume the duties of, I would reject the actions of the Board of Supervisors and insist that they put the decision to the voters of San Mateo County on the November ballot. There is still time for such an action to take place.

Matt Grocott

San Carlos


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Posted by fellas
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Do youse fellas even read the stuff you post?

A "made" man?

It's probably okay, because you're essentially talking among yourself after the third or so comment. Any normal person trying to follow along probably tunes out about then...


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Posted by Melville is a Brave Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Let's stick to the content of the story and not attack each other, OK? (By the way, your comment should read "yourselves" not "yourself.")

On another note, does anyone know if Carlos Bolanos is related to San Francisco Judge Suzanne Bolanos? She is the presiding judge next week on an important case in the fight to have the California Commission of Judicial Performance publicly audited. Fighting on behalf of the CJP to keep their operations secret is James Wagstaffe, brother of San Mateo DA Steve Wagstaffe.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

This guy running against the current sheriff is almost qualified to be a deputy. A former police chief of a very small community, an AA Degree, and no command level management courses or training. Get real, can a man like that run a 700 plus organization? Currently, with his education, training, age, and experience, not Bilingual, no major law enforcement agency would hire currently. . Being a deputy does not qualify you to be the sheriff. Sir, be happy as a Deputy.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm

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fellas:

read what "citizen" posted above if you don't think those folks read what gets posted here. Clearly comes from someone with some LE experience.

Welcome to San Mateo County, the most corrupt county in the state.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 11, 2017 at 8:48 pm

$350,000? $525,000? My Heavens, who is watching out for the taxpayers here? Menlo Park Fire Protection District is one of very highest in the State? Many Peninsula city police departments also extremely well-compensated. Gold-plated pensions upon retirement, almost all well under-funded due to CalPers mismanagement and purposeful use of too high return projections. I ask again, who is watching out for us taxpayers?


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Posted by Qualifications
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

To "Citizen" –

Where does Bolanos have his degrees from? Stanford, or Harvard?

Perhaps some voters will value integrity and honesty as a factor that goes into qualifications to be sheriff. I know this probably didn't occur to you, but hopefully it will to San Mateo County voters.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 12, 2017 at 12:36 am

Qualifications:
Current sheriff has over 30 years experience, both undergraduate and graduate degrees, many management course certifications, and most importantly, as been the undersheriff and now sheriff. Are you kidding, a patrol officer currently as the qualifications to be sheriff? Why did he ever get a higher rank than Deputy? Come on!


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Posted by Melville is a Brave Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2017 at 2:32 am

Sounds like Melville is making some people DSp1nervous

Curious as to how Citizen knows Melville isn't bilingual. . Was Munks?

Pluses for Melville: 1) Not part of the entrenched Munks/ wagstaffe status quo

2) Didnt make front pages of newspaper afte being caught at Operation Dollhouse



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Posted by Melville is a Brave Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2017 at 2:41 am

Ross Mirkarimi had never worked as a deputy when he became Sheriff of San Francisco. He worked for a short time as an investigator for the San Francisco DA's office before becoming a Supervisor. He was not licensed to carry a firearm. The San Francisco Sheriff's office did not endorse him. Granted he was a disaster as Sheriff but he became Sheriff with practically no LE experience.

Melville has certainly far more LE experience


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Posted by Melville is a Brave Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2017 at 2:44 am

Citizen: did you miss the part where Melville had been police chief in another town for eight years ?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2017 at 7:31 am

Thank you to the Almanac for this Important story. You are the only print News Media out of 7 to do so.

The Sheriff is the responsibility of the voters, not a small group of Those Who Matter.

Now the residents of San Mateo County have time to discuss important issues with the 2 and maybe more who are running for Sheriff in 2018.

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

Mike,
$525,000? My Heavens, who is watching out for the taxpayers here?

That is only the income from San Mateo County, that does not include his Redwood City income.

San Mateo County has many employees earning 2 incomes, That has to effect morale.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

To Melville is a brave man:

You are comparing a very small community to the size of the amounts of population of San Mateo County and the employee size of the sheriffs office. No comparison!

Has he overseen the court security, jail function, deal with state and federal agencies as an enforcement partner? Just because you're a deputy, does not mean you can administer the functions.

Budget? Size of the Sheriffs Office compared to his small department.

Police Chief positions:
In present day, wouldn't even come close to an interview.......

Be happy as a deputy.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

That's what we want a sheriff like Ross Mirkarimi. You even didn't agree with him as a pick.....why change something that's working!


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

".why change something that's working!"

Because it's NOT. Something that allows the Sheriff and his second to be caught in a whore house, sorry "massage parlor" except it wasn't, with ZERO repercussions is decidedly NOT working in my book. If you think that was ok, you're part of the problem. [Part removed. Please don't speculate about the identity of posters.] ... member of SMC law enforcement where the police can do virtually anything they want and not suffer the consequences. Because they have a DA that won't prosecute them if he can possibly avoid it. And if he can't avoid it, his office will do such a crappy job of it that nothing will happen to the officer.

Welcome to San Mateo County the most corrupt county in California.


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Posted by Qualifications
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm

[Part removed. Please don't speculate about who may be posting on Town Square.]

The writer of this story, Dave Boyce, wrote another article about Lopez. For some reason, he doesn't like to mention that Munks and Wagstaffe also had Lopez' girlfriend arrested. Judge threw out the charges based on no evidence whatsoever.

Doesn't that send a chill down anyone's spine? Not only is the opposition candidate arrested at gunpoint, his girlfriend is also? With no evidence?

Menlo Voter, you are right. Most corrupt county in California is no exaggeration. [Part removed. Please don't use Town Square to imply criminal behavior by named persons.]

Citizen, what's your opinion on the arrest and false charges against Juan Lopez' girlfriend? [Part removed.]


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Posted by Melville is a Brave Man
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 13, 2017 at 3:03 am

[Post removed. Please don't use Town Square to make accusations of criminal conduct.]


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2017 at 11:04 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Citizen says "why change something that's working!" That sounds logical

Lets take a look and see if that is true or not.

San Mateo County Sheriff Office has a Gang Task Force that does not fill out incident reports. (Threatening a County Employee)

San Mateo County Sheriff Office Investigated and recommended criminal charges when they knew there was NO EVIDENCE to support that claim. San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner.

San Mateo County Sheriff Office Botched a criminal investigation of Identity theft, of a Whistleblower/Journalist.

San Mateo County Sheriff Office ordered Deputy Juan P. Lopez to meet at the County Gun Range to serve papers. They could have served him at home where he was ordered to stay all day.

I'll agree its working for "Those Who Matter."

Now the residents can decide from themselves


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm

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Seems "citizen" whined to the editor for being identified for what he or she is. Hence the redactions.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: We did not receive a complaint. Posters should not speculate about the identity of other posters.



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Posted by Inquiring Minds
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 16, 2017 at 6:37 pm

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From "Inquiring Minds"

Seems as if "Citizen" is an insider in the Sheriff's Office. I read Melville's bio and based on his experience he's definitely more qualified to be Sheriff or a member of the administration than those currently in those positions. So citizen, how can you say he's almost qualified to be a deputy? Also, it looks like he was hired as a deputy at age 51, how could that have happened if he didn't meet your so called qualifications? I'm sensing some sour grapes, could I be correct? Citizen, this is an elected position for which anyone can run for, correct? Its up to the people of the county to elect who they feel will keep them safe in their homes and the people working in the Sheriff's Office are beyond reproach. With all the comment's posted her, it certainly appears there are some major concerns about those who are currently running the Sheriff's Office, change appears to be the solution.

Based on what I have read here, I decided to called a member of the Sheriff's Office that I know, just to inquire about how everything is being run. I was quickly told that nobody can really talk about what goes on within the department, especially if it's negative, because they fear of retribution. I walked away shocked. I can only suggest to all the readers here is if you know anyone that works for the Sheriff's Office, who may be your friends, relatives, neighbors, etc...ask them if what's been going on is "working." Like me, I think you will be shocked not to get an answer, let alone the truth.

Citizen, you seem to know that Melville has not been promoted, correct? Did you know that Melville was told by a member of the command staff "not" to put in for any special positions? The reason is shocking, because the command staff doesn't want you, in fact they are threatened by you! This is shocking, and certainly not fair to someone who is genuinely concerned about his job and his profession.


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Posted by Retrowarrior
a resident of Woodside High School
on Sep 2, 2017 at 9:20 am

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I think it's great that we finally have a real election for our county sheriff, rather than an appointee who was placed into position without the knowledge or approval of the Board of Supervisors. Pretty sneaky way to take office - who can justify or approve of that? Let the Democratic process work, for a change. As a voter in San Mateo County, I am happy to finally have some say when it comes to our local law enforcement leadership. The citizens have a right to their vote. Looking forward to the debates with the League of Women Voters - let the best candidate win!


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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Retrowarrior wrote, I think it's great that we finally have a real election for our county sheriff, rather than an appointee who was placed into position without the knowledge or approval of the Board of Supervisors

Carlos G. Bolanos was in fact appointed by Supervisors Don Horsley, Warren Slocum and Adrienne Tisser, with the help of County Manager & Clerk of Supervisors John Maltbie and County Counsel John Beiers on July 12, 2016. The 2 John's conspired and changed the wording on Agenda Item 7 from Discuss how to fill the vacancy to appoint. San Mateo County Spokesperson Michelle Durand issued a press release on July 1, 2016 which clearly stated the Board of Supervisors would be DISCUSSING how to fill the vacant position of Sheriff at the July 12, 2016 meeting.

I have a copy of her press release, I got from the County Counsel per a FOIA request. It is no longer on the County's Website.


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Posted by Retrowarrior
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm

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Thank you for the clarification, Mr. Stogner. I stand corrected. In any event, it will be nice for the voting public to have a chance to ELECT a sheriff this time.


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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 3, 2017 at 9:23 am

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Speaking of which- what's the latest in the Juan Lopez case? Will there be a trial?


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