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Tahoe lieutenant endorses Perez in sheriff race

Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily Tribune

South Shore resident and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell has thrown his support behind retired California Highway Patrol Chief Stan Perez in the race for El Dorado County sheriff.

In a statement released this month, Perez said he would select Lovell as undersheriff if Perez’s campaign is successful.

“I believe in a ‘no-surprises’ style of command structure, and ensuring that our county has the most qualified personnel in positions of leadership and responsibility will be a priority if I’m elected sheriff,” Perez said in the statement.

Although Lovell listed being elected El Dorado County sheriff as one of his eventual goals, his endorsement of Perez is unrelated to the former CHP chief’s decision to make Lovell undersheriff if voted in, Lovell said during a phone interview last week.

After Perez initially told Lovell he was interested in making the veteran sheriff’s office employee undersheriff, Lovell told Perez to look at all the rest of the department’s command staff to be sure, Lovell said.

In the statement, Perez said he “found Lovell to be uniquely suited to the position of undersheriff – who works directly with the sheriff in areas of policy, command strategy and management.”

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Before endorsing Perez, Lovell said he looked at which of seven candidates could best the lead the sheriff’s department into the future, especially when it comes to mentoring employees and creating a succession plan to deal with employee retirements.

Lovell added he also considered Perez’s involvement in South Shore community events, including Special Olympics, when making his endorsement.

“Stan Perez was really just far and away, above everybody else,” Lovell said. “He brings so much to the table.”