About Pat Lunney for Sheriff 2014
MEET PAT LUNNEY
Patrick N. Lunney is known as a strong, innovative leader in law enforcement where his career has spanned over 38 years. Appointed in 1983, he served at the municipal level as the Chief of Police of the City of Merced for 15 years. In 1999 he was appointed by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer to serve at the state level in the California Department of Justice. He served 8 years in the Division of Law Enforcement including 4 ½ years as the Director of the entire Division. In that capacity he commanded over 1400 personnel in six Bureaus. These bureaus included the Bureau of Intelligence, Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and Bureau of Forensic Services. In 2008 he returned to Merced as Chief Investigator for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office.
During his law enforcement career, he has always been recognized as someone who can get things done. This is exemplified by a statewide award the City of Merced received from the California Healthy Cities Project during his tenure as their Chief of Police. That award read in part: “While other cities talked about community based policing, Merced actually did it”. At DOJ he was instrumental in developing the intelligence efforts of the State of California at the national level.
Mr. Lunney graduated from the University of California at Davis with a bachelors of science degree in Biological Sciences. He then completed a masters degree at the University of Southern California in Public Administration. He believes in continuing education and while serving at DOJ completed the prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government, a resident program at Harvard University.
PAT'S CAMPAIGN STATEMENT
Nineteen murders in the unincorporated areas of Merced County in 2013. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in rural crime thefts. Failing jail facilities that allow a steady stream of escapes from our jail. These are the facts that face the citizens as they vote in this election. This situation is unacceptable. Merced County deserves better.
The challenges that the Sheriff’s Office faces are difficult and formidable. Gangs are everywhere and must be aggressively confronted. Citizens in rural areas are living with the fear their property will be stolen. We need new jail facilities. These are complex problems. Our next elected Sheriff must have the demonstrated experience, education and leadership skills to be able to immediately implement solutions that are innovative, effective and within budget. This cannot be an on-the-job training position. Time is critical.
I, Pat Lunney, have over three decades of demonstrated leadership success at the highest level of law enforcement. I was among the youngest police chiefs in the nation when selected as Merced Police Chief where I served for 15 years. As the Director of the Attorney General’s Division of Law Enforcement, I supervised over 1,400 law enforcement personnel across California and managed a budget of more than $160 million. Since 2008, I have been the Chief Investigator for the Merced County District Attorney’s office. This broad scope of experience allows me to immediately address the issues facing the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
I have the endorsement of every city current police chief in Merced County, three retired Merced Sheriffs and six retired police chiefs from cities within the county. They support me because they have worked with me and have seen I have the administrative skills to do the job. They know I will support collaborative efforts for better law enforcement throughout the county.
I have always been an innovator. I started a gang violence suppression unit in 1994 when the gang epidemic in Merced County was just beginning. I placed the first school resource officer on a school campus in Merced County. I anticipate problems and design solutions that are lasting and within the boundaries of available resources.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Davis and Master’s Degree from University of Southern California. I believe in continuing education to acquire and apply critical thinking skills.
My vision for the Sheriff’s Department is to have deputies that citizens depend on and trust for their safety in our county. A department that is well trained and equipped with the latest technology and equipment. A department where all personnel believe they can and will do the job. A department where respect is always a priority. When deputies arrives at a call I want people to say, “Thank God the deputies are here”.
I know how to do the job of Sheriff of Merced County. I know how to build a department that reflects my vision. I would be humbled to receive your vote.
PAT ANSWERS QUESTIONS CONCERNING SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
1) Under what circumstances would you deny an individual a CCW?
Persons with disqualifying psychological, emotional, or medical conditions. Persons with disqualifying criminal convictions.
2) Is self-defense a sufficient reason for issuing a CCW permit? Why or why not?
Yes. Self defense is a right.
3) Would you make a help guide and designate additional staff to help people through the CCW process like the Stanislaus County Sheriff has?
I would have a guide to the process. I would staff the process with a reasonable number of personnel.
4) What impact would an increase in CCWs have on Merced County?
It is uncertain what the exact impacts on crime rates in the county would be, although it should serve as a deterrence to crime. In terms of quality of life issues, persons with CCWs should feel safer and more confident.
5) In a situation where a citizen uses a CCW to stop or prevent a crime, would you publicize the event to raise awareness?
I believe the media would certainly publicize such an event, which would be largely out of my control. I would recognize the contribution to the welfare of the community such an event would have.
6) Would you support or oppose a guardian plan that would allow teachers with CCWs who had additional training to carry concealed firearms on participating campuses?
That would be an issue that would be considered and acted upon by the school board, with input from teachers and parents of students. I would provide input on the challenges of implementing such a program.
7) Would you enforce a Federal or State law that contradicts the Second Amendment? (e.g. marshall law is declared requiring the confiscation of firearms)
I have taken an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United State and I would certainly do so at all times in the future.
8) What administrative experience do you have that qualifies you to serve as sheriff?
Chief of Police, City of Merced-15 years
Deputy Director, California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement-2 years
Director, California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement-4 years
Senior Executive Advisor to Attorney General, State of California-2 years
Chief Investigator, Merced County District Attorney-5 years
9) Have you ever had a formal investigation conducted on you while serving as a law enforcement officer? If so, explain.
10) What do you see as the three top priorities that you would like to change in the department? How would you implement them?
- Establish closer ties to the people we serve. I would explore opening substations and assigning deputies on a permanent basis.
- Expand the expertise and capabilities of all individuals in the department. Training and increased use of technology will accomplish this.
- Address the facilities issues with top priority to correctional facilities. This must include a collaboration with the State for funding.
11) At the end of your term as sheriff, what type of legacy would you want to leave the department?
The best, most professional Sheriff’s Department in the state. A Sheriff's Department that citizens trust and depend on for a safe community in which to live.