Sheriff candidate’s bid is still in the air: Meanwhile, Lacy, Pierson vie for district attorney post |

Sheriff candidate’s bid is still in the air: Meanwhile, Lacy, Pierson vie for district attorney post

Sgt. Larry Hennick, who previously stated he would try a third time to become the El Dorado County sheriff, has retired from the department.

The status of Hennick throwing his hat into the June election to again face off with Jeff Neves, who won in 2002 when the two squared off in a mudslinging election, is unknown. Hennick has not returned repeated calls to his cell phone.

Neves said Hennick retired from the department Dec. 30 but can still run for sheriff. Hennick was with the department for more than 30 years.

“From my perspective I’m very pleased,” Neves said about the state of the sheriff’s department. “Nothing is ever perfect but overall I’m pleased with how things are going.”

When Don McDonald retired early, Hennick applied for sheriff in 1997 but the post went to Hal Barker.

The other top law enforcement spot up for election, district attorney, will likely come down to two people: longtime incumbent Gary Lacy and challenger Vern Pierson.

Lacy has held the post since 1994, making him the second-longest-serving district attorney along with Ronald Tepper, who held the position from 1977 to 1989.

Henry Lyons kept the job for 23 years from 1927 to 1950.

Lacy did not return phone calls.

Pierson is the chief assistant district attorney in Amador County although he is taking time away from the job to campaign.

The former sergeant and graduate of the Army’s Airborne and Assault School has hit the ground running. A crab feed fundraiser in El Dorado Hills attracted 300 people or so, Pierson said, adding he’s planning upcoming events for South Lake Tahoe which he said he visits about once a week.

“I feel I’m very passionate about the need for change in the district attorney’s office and I know that I’m the best qualified, most capable person to do that,” he said.

Pierson said he has picked up several endorsements already. He asked voters to approach law enforcement personnel and ask their opinion.

“They’re in the best position to know whether or not an effective job is being done in the district attorney’s office,” he said.

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