Sheriff decides to run |

Sheriff decides to run

Gregory Crofton

El Dorado County Sheriff Hal Barker wants to keep his job until 2006.

He announced his intention to run for sheriff again Tuesday night at a Deputy Sheriff’s Association forum in the Timber Cove Lodge Best Western.

“I will soon be announcing my re-election campaign bid, my early support base and goals for the next four years,” Barker said.

Barker will run in 2002 against Sgt. Larry Hennick of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. He announced plans to campaign for the job in May.

This week, Barker and Hennick attended two meetings held by the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, one in Placerville on Monday night, the other at South Lake Tahoe. At both, the candidates answered questions and asked for support from the 153 deputies and sergeants who are members of the association.

Next week, the association will announce whom they plan to support after the votes are tallied Friday night. Its support can be powerful come election time.

Barker, Hennick and two other candidates tested for sheriff in 1997, when Don McDonald retired with eight months left in his four-year term. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chose Barker. In 1998, Barker ran unopposed for the job.

Barker, 63, has been in law enforcement for 42 years. He left a job as police chief at Folsom to become sheriff of El Dorado County.

Hennick, 48, is supervisor of extradition and transportation for the sheriff. He’s been in law enforcement for 27 years.

If elected, Hennick said he intends to return fairness and devotion to the department and citizens of the county. As sheriff he would implement more residential posts and satellite offices and bring back mounted patrol, bike patrol and tactical squad, among other things.

Barker countered, “Most of the things he’s listed we’re already doing. Or they are not feasible to do economically or pie-in-the-sky.”

Hennick is confident he will receive the endorsement from the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. He said he is ready to be sheriff regardless of who runs against him.

“My campaign committee is in place and I’m ready to go forward,” he said. “My feeling is that I will be 30th sheriff of this county; it’s been a dream of mine for some years now.”

The filing deadline for candidates for sheriff is Dec. 7. Barker and Hennick are the only two who have shown they intend to run for the office, said Michele MacIntyre, registrar of voters for the El Dorado County Election Department.

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