Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle was re-elected with 60 percent of the vote, according to complete unofficial election results Tuesday night. Doyle defeated Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes, who will lose his job as coroner. When the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted in November to combine the offices of sheriff and coroner to save $400,000 a year, it meant Marin County would join forty-seven other counties with a joint Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. Holmes, 67, decided to challenge Doyle, 62, for Marin County Sheriff. Doyle joined the sheriff’s office 40 years ago and has been sheriff for 14 years. “I had the privilege of serving in each rank and as Undersheriff. I always conduct myself professionally, ethically and with integrity in my public and private life,” Doyle said in his candidate’s statement. Doyle’s office has 207 sworn deputies, 114 other law enforcement professionals and a $50 million budget. Doyle said the sheriff’s office can easily accommodate the coroner’s office and create a more efficient county government. “Marin County needs an experienced leader as their Sheriff; someone who understands law enforcement, our unique community and the complexity of an organization the size of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office,” Doyle said on his re-election website. The seven-member Marin County coroner’s office has a $1.5 million annual budget. Holmes said his advanced certificates from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, qualified him to be elected sheriff and he said Doyle has no experience or training to act as coroner. He said he has assisted three counties who consolidated both offices. “I have the background, the experience, the knowledge and the administrative skills to provide a seamless melding of two vastly different functions,” Holmes said on his re-election website.
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