12.30.2009

Hislop to throw hat in the ring for sheriff

Hislop to throw hat in the ring for sheriff


The chief investigator for the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office will announce Monday his intention to seek the position of county sheriff in the upcoming election.
Mike Hislop on Tuesday confirmed that he planned to run, but deferred discussion on the details until his official announcement Monday.
Hislop has been chief investigator with the District Attorney's Office for three years and was an officer and sergeant with the Eureka Police Department for 24 years. Prior to working for EPD, Hislop was a reserve deputy and a correctional officer in Lake County.
Incumbent Sheriff Gary Philp has served two terms, and announced his intention to retire earlier this year. At the same time, Undersheriff Mike Downey announced that he in turn would seek the position, with Philp's endorsement.
When reached by phone Tuesday, Downey said he didn't want to comment on Hislop's intention to run because the declaration wasn't yet official. But he made the case for his own candidacy, citing years of experience.
Downey pointed out that he's been with the Sheriff's Office for 24 years and is currently second in command of the entire office.
”I was promoted to the rank based on merit and character,” Downey said.
District Attorney Paul Gallegos, who would lose Hislop's services if he's successful in his bid to become sheriff, is giving his chief investigator his full support.
”I have worked to attract, hire and maintain
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the best, the brightest and the most qualified people to work on behalf of the people of the state of California,” Gallegos wrote in an e-mail. “Mike Hislop exemplifies those qualities and characteristics. He is extremely intelligent, has excellent organizational and leadership skills and strives for excellence in all his endeavors. I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding sheriff.”

Chris Durant/The Times-Standard
Posted: 12/30/2009 09:52:16 AM PST