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San Diego County undersheriff named to fill out sheriff's last 18 months

June 16, 2009 |  5:44 pm

San Diego County Undersheriff Bill Gore was appointed Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors to fill out the final 18 months of retiring Sheriff Bill Kolender's term.

Kolender, 74, is retiring July 2 midway through his fourth term. He cited his wife's ill health as the reason for his retirement.

Gore has already announced his candidacy in next year's election for a four-year term. Other potential candidates include former undersheriff and state legislator Jay LaSuer, former sheriff's Sgt. Bruce Ruff, former sheriff's Lt. Jim Duffy, and former San Diego police Chief David Bejarano.

Gore, the son of a San Diego police officer, served with the FBI for 32 years before joining the Sheriff's Department as the No. 2 official in 2004.

"I am delighted by the Board’s decision today," Kolender said in a statement.

--Tony Perry in San Diego