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Elect One of Our Own: Chris Cunnie for SF Sheriff

October 1, 2011

As police officers, we know that safety in these difficult times requires the intuition of a seasoned officer, the management experience of a chief and the principles of a reformer in the treatment community.

Chris Cunnie – who served this organization as president for seven years – is the only candidate for Sheriff who can bring all of these skills together for a safer San Francisco.

Chris Cunnie walked a beat in San Francisco for 17 years and earned two medals of valor. He’s walked nearly every street and worked in every neighborhood in this city.

Chris is the only candidate who has managed large operations. He served as Undersheriff – the second-in-command under Sheriff Michael Hennessey – overseeing more than 800 sworn officers. He is a twice-decorated police officer who served as President of the Police Officers Association, Director of Emergency Communications under Mayor Gavin Newsom and Chief of Investigations under District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Chris is not a politician looking for another job – but he does understand politics. Chris has worked in Sacramento to coordinate statewide public safety efforts and represented the 90,000 men and women of law enforcement in California as Vice-President of the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations.

As police officers we know that some people don’t need to be in jail. As Chris says, “Successful public safety is not just about punishment. It is not just about treatment. It’s about both.” Chris is a leader in the treatment community who served as President of the Board of Directors of San Francisco’s storied Walden House and served as a board member of the California Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority.

With Chris, we have an opportunity to elect a Sheriff who can bring all these experiences together at a time when we need them most – the implementation of the realignment process that is shifting responsibility for thousands of state prison inmates to local county jails.

Chris entered this race in July and has already won the support of the SFPOA, the APOA, LPOA, Officers for Justice and Firefighters Local 798 – and Senator Dianne Feinstein, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris. 

The San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Chris and called him “a candidate with an unusual breadth and depth of experiences in law enforcement, management and navigating politics and public policy.”

You can learn more about Chris’ campaign, sign up to volunteer or make a contribution at Let’s take this chance to elect one of our own. Election Day is November 8. Absentee voting begins October 10.

Vote Chris Cunnie for San Francisco Sheriff.

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