Scott Jones reverses course, will run again for sheriff

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Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said he’ll seek a third term in office after his chief deputy dropped out of the race.

Jones made the announcement in a memo Tuesday morning to his department, county executives and supervisors, he said.

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“No one has really of any importance jumped in the race to say they would run, but I’m certain if there was that vacuum created, folks would. And we would just be left to chance to a certain extent as to who decided to run,” said Jones at the swearing-in of 43 new employees of the department.

The vacuum that concerned Jones was created after Chief Deputy Kris Palmer dropped out of the race due to personal reasons related to his family.

“My 100 percent commitment is to my family,” said Palmer. “The commitments got a little too great. So, it’s just better that I backed out and support the sheriff 100 percent.”

Palmer said he and his family came to the decision within the last 10 days and subsequently told Jones.

“Unfortunately, it was something that was a little bit bigger than me. The health of the department is so important to me that I needed to see it continue on. So, I needed to come to (Jones) sooner rather than later,” he said.

Jones said he was prepared for retirement, but feared what direction the department would take in if he didn’t run.

“I didn’t want to leave the department to, you know, to an uncertain future,” he said.

Last August, Jones said he would not seek re-election.

He ran unopposed in 2014.

The filing period for candidates begins in February

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