Sheriff Dan Staton has been very active on the campaign trail collecting a number of significant endorsements. This week the Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff’s Association endorsed Staton. MCDSA President Todd Shanks said,” Sheriff Staton is a man of enormous integrity and experience. We are pleased to endorse him and look forward to working both with and for him.” Sheriff Staton is extremely pleased to now have the full endorsement of all of the employees working in the Sheriff’s Office. “These are career positions within the Sheriff’s Office and I am working hard to bring MCSO back into balance and moving forward during this tough economic climate.”
The Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff’s Association represents the Law Enforcement side of the agency. Staton’s background and experience during his 20 plus years at MCSO has included extensive work on both the Corrections and Law Enforcement sides of the agency. He also possesses college degrees and business experience in accounting and finance, which are key to leadership in a modern Sheriff’s Office. The last position Staton served in before becoming Sheriff was as the Training Unit Manager for the Sheriff’s Office. In this role Staton worked across all three disciplines, Corrections, Law Enforcement and Civilian, which require strong working knowledge of all job descriptions and the correspondent responsibilities of each member of the Sheriff’s Office.
In February, Sheriff Staton was endorsed by AFSCME – Local 88, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Oregon Area District Council as well as the Multnomah County Corrections Deputies Association. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Oregon Area District Council led by President Jeff Smith voted to endorse Sheriff Staton in early February. Jeff Smith said,” We met with Sheriff Staton and after long discussions on his plans for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the changes he has already made in the leadership of MCSO and reviewing his education, background and qualifications, we felt Staton was the strongest candidate for election in the May 18th primary election for both the Interim term through 2010 and the full term commencing January 2011. The Sheriff’s Office has experienced major challenges in the recent past and Staton has the leadership strength to lead the Sheriff’s Office back to the prominence it deserves.”
AFSCME Local 88, which represents nearly 2800 employees at Multnomah County as well as the civilian staff in the Sheriff’s Office, voted to endorse Sheriff Dan Staton following both personal interviews with their Political Action Committee and a general membership “Candidate Forum.” All three candidates were evaluated on their qualifications and demonstrated leadership abilities and skill sets. Michael Hanna, President of AFSCME Local 88, stated that there had been a strong debate amongst the general membership after the “Candidate Forum” regarding the candidates for Sheriff, who in the end delivered clear support for Sheriff Dan Staton. The Sheriff was especially pleased to receive his second major endorsement from the employees at Multnomah County as well as those who work closely with him. “The support our civilian employees deliver is the backbone of this agency.”
Sheriff Staton received the endorsement of the Multnomah County Corrections Association in mid-January. “The support of the Corrections staff is very important to me and I am proud and humbled to receive it,” states Staton. “I would also like to thank Bruce McCain for his years of service to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Multnomah County.” McCain withdrew from the Sheriff’s race after not receiving the Corrections endorsement.
Sheriff Staton has earned all of the DPSST certifications needed to run the Sheriff’s Office and is the first person to register in the new DPSST “Multi-Discipline Certification” class which fine tunes cross agency skills in management of both Corrections and Law Enforcement. “The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office have the desire, the passion and the skill set to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve and the citizens we protect. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office standards are held high by its staff and I am proud to be Sheriff.”