RIVERSIDE COUNTY — As ballots are still being counted in the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office, former candidate for Sheriff and Retired Hemet Police Chief, Dave Brown, has endorsed Lt. Sheriff Chad Bianco.

“(He) has proven that he can beat the incumbent Sheriff, Stan Sniff, in November,” Brown said in a statement. “But more importantly, he has convinced me that he has the character and integrity to be a great Sheriff.”

Additionally, Brown said, “Listening to (his) ideas and solutions to the department’s many issues gave me confidence that he will be able to address the crisis in the department quickly and effectively.”

Bianco currently leads the election for Sheriff after the June 5 Statewide Primary Election. He will now face incumbent Stan Sniff in a run-off election this November.

“I’m excited to have the support of Chief Dave Brown headed into the November election,” Bianco said. “As a former Police Chief, there is no question Dave Brown knows the issues affecting law enforcement. I know we will be able to work together to make changes in the Sheriff’s Department that will make our community safer.”

One of Bianco’s top priorities is safety and service.

The sheriff’s department should be about service and safety, not politics, according to Bianco. He has long-claimed that the incumbent mismanaged tax dollars and allowed citizens to suffer under higher crime rates. It is time for a change at the top and I am the candidate who can bring that change.

Bianco said he will start by repairing the relationship between the Sheriff and his deputies and will work to bring the entire public safety community in Riverside County together to make the county a safe place to live and work.

Under his leadership, the Sheriff’s Department will focus on community-oriented policing and a proactive approach to crime reduction, he said..