Gary Teragawa, former California Highway Patrol Commander (retired) formerly filed as a candidate for the office of Colusa County Sheriff/Coroner on February 14.
Teragawa said his experience will be an asset in improving the quality of life in the community and making the business of the Sheriff’s Office transparent in the way that law enforcement services are provided to the public.
“My on-going goals are to treat everyone with dignity and respect, zero tolerance to any forms of discrimination and bias and to ensure that the employees are used as valuable resources,” he said.
“It is important that the public be aware that the office of Sheriff/Coroner belongs to the people of the county. The public has the right to be safe in their community and to ask questions how the Sheriff will best use resources to protect lives and property,” he said.
“Honesty, integrity and leadership, guided my thirty year law enforcement career and 18 years of administrative experience as a commander, manager and supervisor,” said Teragawa.
“I want to be your Sheriff. The office of Sheriff belongs to the people. I will ensure that by establishing strategic planning with community participation; keep the community informed using the Internet; implement crime prevention as a patrol function; start quarterly town hall meetings, a citizen’s law enforcement academy and expand the Colusa County Volunteer Program to all adult ages,” he commented.
Teragawa earned a BA degree in criminal justice from CSU, Sacramento and a community college limited service teaching credential for police science. His has gained experience in non-profit governance as president Colusa County Chamber of Commerce, President Colusa Regional Medical Center, Vice President-Family Water Alliance, Chairperson-Community Foundation of Colusa County, 2014 President Colusa County Board of Education, and part-time probation work crew supervisor and said that these opportunities have provided him with knowledge of important issues facing Colusa County.
Teragawa said that he practices lifelong learning by consistently doing what is right the first time, making difficult decisions, accepting responsibility for failure, intelligent use of mistakes to achieve success, recognizing employees as valuable resources, zero tolerance to discrimination and prejudice, and treating everyone with respect and dignity.