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Deputies endorse Jackson
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Stanislaus County Sheriff candidate and current Turlock Police Captain Rob Jackson has received the endorsement of the Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association for the 2010 election.

Both Jackson and Sheriff Adam Christianson attended a candidate forum earlier this year hosted by the SSDA, in which members had the opportunity to question the two men about their stances on the issues concerning the department. After the forum, ballots were sent out to the nearly 180 members of the association, and Jackson emerged as the winner of the endorsement, said SSDA President Vince Bizzini.

"I was very pleased with the number of our patrol deputies who voted in this endorsement election," Bizzini said. "It shows that they are involved and care about this department and its direction."

Jackson was with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for nearly 20 years before accepting a position with the Turlock Police Department. Prior to leaving the sheriff's department, Jackson was the Chief of Police in Waterford.

"I am both honored and humbled that the patrol deputies and coroners have chosen to endorse me in this election," said Jackson. "As I have said from the beginning, this is not about personal accomplishments. I am doing this for a department that has done so much for me. It means a lot that they feel I am the best person for the job.

"If they had endorsed Christianson, it would have told me that they were happy with the direction the department was going and there wouldn't be much sense in me continuing in this campaign," Jackson continued. "There is still a long way to go in this election, but knowing that the employees are behind me makes all the difference and I look forward to serving as their sheriff."

The SSDA is made up of nearly 180 sworn deputies and coroners. SSDA members work as patrol deputies, detectives, school resource offers, K-9 officers and deputy coroners among others. The SSDA was established earlier this year when sworn patrol personnel voted to separate from the jail staff and form a separate bargaining unit. The previous bargaining unit was known as the Deputy Sheriff's Association and was made up of both patrol and jail staff.

"It's a very unique situation when you have the opportunity to have a voice in who runs the organization that you work for," said SSDA Vice President Ryan Killian.