Citing his commitment to protecting Colusa County’s rural way of life, Sergeant Joe Garofalo officially announced his candidacy for Sheriff today.
“Colusa County, our way of life and the community my wife and I are raising our family in is worth protecting,” stated Garofalo. “Keeping criminals off our streets, away from our children and behind bars is priority number one.”
Garofalo, a Colusa High School graduate, earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento before entering the Yuba Police Academy.
“Joe is a lifelong Colusa resident and a smart, forward thinking law enforcement officer who is committed to protecting our communities, our business and our farms,” stated Colusa City Vice-Mayor Greg Ponciano, an early supporter of Garofalo’s. “But most importantly, he is one of us. He understands our way of life, our traditions, and values, as well as why so many of us proudly call Colusa County home. I wholeheartedly endorse Joe Garofalo for Colusa County Sheriff.”
Vice-Mayor Ponciano is just one of nearly 100 early supporters of Garofalo’s young but promising campaign.
“I am certainly honored to have the support of Vice-Mayor Ponciano,” explained Garofalo. “We were both born and raised in Colusa County, we both are raising our respective families here and most importantly we both understand the importance of protecting our rural way of life from those who attempt to take advantage of our traditional ways.”
After graduating from CSU, Sacramento, Joe returned to Colusa County and became a Correctional Officer. While working full-time as a Correctional Officer Joe went to the Yuba Police Academy on nights and weekends to become a Deputy Sheriff. As a Deputy Sheriff, he accepted several assignments including Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, and S.W.A.T. team. Since 2007 Joe has served as a Sergeant where he has supervised numerous facets of the Department including but not limited to patrol, communications, training and the Office of Emergency Services.
Joe and his wife Nicole, also a lifelong Colusa County native, are the proud parents of three children, Josie, Nicolas and Nate. An avid hunter and fisherman, Joe loves to RV with family and friends. Not unlike most Colusa County parents, Joe is actively involved in his children’s endeavors including coaching youth sports and helping his children with their 4-H projects.
With almost two decades of service in law enforcement and a lifetime of service to Colusa County Joe is uniquely qualified to serve as the Sheriff of Colusa County.
Retired California Highway Patrol Commander Gary Teragawa has announced his intention to run for Colusa County Sheriff in 2014.
Teragawa announced Monday that he will enter the race for sheriff. Candidates have until March 7, 2014 to file for candidacy.
Teragawa is the second candidate to throw his hat in the ring. Colusa County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joe Garofalo will also run.
Teragawa is a resident of Colusa. He served as CHP Commander in Williams for 6 years prior to retiring in 2008. He served 13 years in the California Highway Patrol, and eight years as a Lieutenant/Commander.
Teragawa brings to the race, 30+ years of demonstrated law enforcement skills and knowledge as a leader, supervisor and mentor, proven administrative experience, education and training. He also has experience in non-profit management, providing governance on the board of directors for the Colusa Regional Medical Center-elected President in August 2013, Family Water Alliance-Vice President in 2007, Colusa County Chamber of Commerce-President 2011 & 2012 and Community Foundation of Colusa County.
“When I moved to Colusa County in 2000 I discovered that it was the best place I have ever lived,” said Teragawa. “I want to give back to the community that graciously supported the Williams Area during my tenure as Commander,” he added.
“My goals are to improve the quality of life in our communities; provide our communities with access to the highest quality of law enforcement services; attract, develop and retain quality staff; provide public service beyond expectations; improve and maintain the Sheriff’s Office infrastructure; and maintain long term fiscal stability,” he said.