San Diego Sheriff’s Candidate Says He’s Facing Retribution for His Election Challenge

San Diego County Sheriff’s Commander Dave Meyers has decided to challenge sitting sheriff Bill Gore in 2018. Now, he says that decision has made him the target of a workplace retaliation campaign.

In an August letter, Meyers was informed that there would be some changes to his job description. And that may be an understatement.

"This notice is to advise you that effective immediately, August 18, 2017, your duties have been reassigned from the Court Services Bureau to special projects," the letter begins. It then lists nearly a dozen new directives, including new hours and location requirements; strict new reporting mandates; and an order that Meyers “not attend any Department meetings or any other work-related meetings, unless specifically authorized or directed by an Assistant Sheriff, the Undersheriff, or the Sheriff.”

In addition, the letter states that Meyers is “ordered to refrain from making statements on behalf of the Sheriff's Department or releasing any Department information to anyone regarding any Sheriff's Department matters without prior review and approval of Assistant Sheriff (Larry) Nesbit."

The Sheriff’s Department insists the changes aren’t “punitive,” but are only being implemented to better serve the department’s needs. Commander Meyers isn’t buying it.

"It only came about as a result of my campaigning and talking about issues in the community and why I'm running for sheriff," he said. "As an officer who is protected by the Peace Officer's Bill of Rights, as a candidate for sheriff, and as a citizen, it is my right to run for public office and to speak freely in doing so. Gore is using the power of his office for political purposes, to stifle an opponent who has spoken out against him."

You can read a full copy of the letter Meyers received here. For more on the story, visit KPBS



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