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Retired Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Jensen Files New Run For Santa Clara County Sheriff

Retired Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Jensen Files New Run For Santa Clara County Sheriff

Retired Captain Kevin Jensen.

Retired Captain Kevin Jensen.

Kevin Jensen filed with the county registrar on Tuesday, records show, the same day that the no-confidence vote was held. As it happens, he participated in the public comment session for that hearing, in which he urged Smith to step down.

But Jensen, 57, said his candidacy was not a reaction to the current controversies, but a continuation of his aim to reform the culture of the sheriff’s office. He added that recent controversies plaguing Smith’s tenure — led by pay-to-play bribery indictments against her commanders and political supporters along with costly jail-neglect settlements — have only fortified his call from seven years ago for wholesale change.

“I am running because we have needed leadership that is ethical in the sheriff’s office for many years,” Jensen said. “Time has proven everything I said then. There’s nobody better who understands the problems, and can make a positive difference for all the people, in the jails and on the streets.”

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