Jeff Leikauf – Why Am I Running?
QAfter 31 years with our Sheriff’s Office you could just retire and enjoy life, why then would you want to take on the difficult and pressure-packed job of County Sheriff?
A I like working and I’ve loved serving El Dorado County and our citizens throughout my career. I’m only in my early 50’s and still have many good years to serve our County. After a long talk with Sheriff D’Agostini, I realized I’ve performed nearly every duty there is within our Sheriff’s Office. So, I am ready for this new challenge of managing our agency and being fiscally responsible for its 78 million dollar budget.
QWhat kind of support do you have so far?
A I’m proud to say I’m being endorsed by Sheriff D’Agostini and retired El Dorado County Sheriff Hal Barker. I’ve also been endorsed by former Senator Rico Oller as well as many community leaders, businesses, and individual residents.
QIf you are hired by the voters, what changes would you like to make?
A My 31 years with our Sheriff’s Office have taught me the right way to do business and the way NOT to. I’m proud to have been part of the success our Sheriff’s Office has enjoyed under the leadership of Sheriff John D’Agostini; I want to build upon that success. I will continue to place a heavy emphasis on providing our deputies and other personnel with the best equipment and training possible. I will also look for new and innovative ways to get our community involved with our successful volunteer programs. High training standards and encouraging greater volunteer participation will pay big dividends to all of us going forward in the years to come.
Q What are some of your goals?
A First, I will ensure our County remains a safe place to live, work, play and raise our families.
Second, I want to promote new programs which will increase community participation with our Sheriff’s Office. I want to foster meaningful relationships with all our citizens and communities that increases our trust. I will promote and encourage more residents to get involved with our existing volunteer programs such as STAR, Search and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Explorer Programs. Having more citizen involvement in our Sheriff’s Office will strengthen our capabilities and increase transparency with the communities we serve .
Third, I want to research and implement methods to help solve the complex prison re-offender problem by introducing programs that will teach job and life skills to the inmates in our care and custody. In-turn i believe this will help in decreasing theft related property crimes in our communities.
Fourth, I would like to bring back the Sheriff’s weekend work project.