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Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones Changes Mind, Is Running For Re-Election

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Update Jan. 18: Click play above to hear a conversation between Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones and Capital Public Radio Reporter Bob Moffitt on Jones' decision to run again.


The Sacramento Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Sheriff Scott Jones has reversed his decision not to run for re-election and will seek a third term.

The sheriff announced last August that he would not run again. Chief Deputy Kris Palmer had planned to run as Jones’ presumed successor. Jones and former Sheriff John McGinness have publicly endorsed Palmer.

But Sgt. Shaun Hampton confirmed today that Jones will run again.

The sheriff was not immediately available to discuss his decision.

But Palmer told Capital Public Radio he has “decided not to run for family and personal reasons.”

Jones will face three challengers, according to Sacramento County campaign finance records, including City of Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard, Citrus Heights City Council member Bret Daniels, and sheriff’s Sgt. Donna Cox.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

Nick Miller

Senior Editor, News & Features

Nick Miller is an award-winning editor with more than 15 years of newsroom experience. Previously he was editor-in-chief of the East Bay Express in Oakland, and worked as an editor for 12 years at the Sacramento News & Review.  Read Full Bio 

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