Health Problems Force San Mateo County Sheriff into Early Retirement
San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks is stepping down after 10 years on the job. Munks announced his retirement Friday, effective July 16. Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos has already taken over his duties for the time being.
Munks’ decision was motivated by a chronic heart condition that has impeded his ability to work.
"A heart procedure scheduled for July 11 is the third time I have attempted to correct a condition that, while not life-threatening, does affect my quality of life and my ability to maintain a full-time work schedule,” Munks said.
Munks began his law enforcement career in San Mateo in 1977. He worked for the Palo Alto Police Department from 1981 to 1993. He then served as San Mateo’s undersheriff for 14 years before his first election to sheriff in 2006.
During his tenure, Munks was credited with widespread changes to the county’s correctional system to combat overcrowding. He oversaw the construction of the Maple Street Correctional Center, various anti-recidivism programs, and an expansion of the department’s jurisdiction to include San Carlos, Millbrae and Half Moon Bay.
"Greg Munks was a sheriff for the 21st century, focusing on rehabilitation and re-entry rather than incarceration," said San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Warren Slocum in a statement. "I especially want to thank him for his commitment to our underserved communities and our youth."
Read more about Munks’ retirement announcement here.