Deputy to take on boss in San Mateo County sheriff’s race

Daily Post Staff Writer

San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy Mark Melville will be up against his boss in the June 2018 election for sheriff, citing his experience as a cop and former elected official.

Melville, 60, has been a deputy sheriff for the county since 2008, and says on his campaign website that he is an advocate for transparency among police and public officials.

He says his main priorities are increasing transparency between the public and the sheriff’s office, by doing things like implementing body cameras, increasing police encounters with residents and reviewing the county’s crime reporting policies. He says that whether someone is an illegal immigrant is up to federal officers to determine. Also, cracking down on sex trafficking is a main issue he wants to tackle.

“I have committed more than 36 years to protecting and serving the public, and, like you, can see that change is needed. Law enforcement must be transparent and work with the community to ensure that public safety is not a commodity available only to certain groups of people,” Melville wrote on his site.

Melville started his career as a police officer in Brisbane in 1975. He went to Half Moon Bay from 1978 to 1980 before returning to Brisbane for six years to be afire captain and public safety sergeant.

Melville has been an elected official before — from 2002 to 2006, he was a city councilman in the central valley town of Gustine.

Melville was fined $400 in 2010 by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for not reporting on his 2005 and 2006financial disclosure forms that he owned a consulting business that worked on some city projects, according to the Merced Sun-Star.

Prior to being an elected official, he was Livingston’s city manager and public safety director from 1999 to 2002 and held a similar position in Gustine from 1988 to 1999, working as its city manager and police chief.

Melville was born and raised in San Francisco and now lives in South San Francisco. He is single and has two children and four grandchildren.

He received his Associate of Arts from Ohlone College and police officer standards and training certificates from Cal Poly, Ponoma and Humboldt State.

He made $258,360 in gross pay last year, according to the county. He was one of three deputies who doubled their pay in overtime, making the most overtime of the three — making $127,915 in overtime and $117,674 in regular pay.

Only challenger so far

Melville so far is the only person so far to ramp up a campaign against Sheriff Carlos Bolanos. In 2015, the sheriff at the time, Greg Munks, announced he would not be running for re-election, and Bolanos began his campaign.

So did San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer, who announced she would be running. But, she suddenly dropped out of the campaign last May, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family and as San Mateo’s chief. Manheimer did not return the Post’s messages as to whether she is reconsidering her bid.

Melville’s recent finance statement says he has not raised more than $2,000. Bolanos has raised $33,116 with donations from Supervisor Don Horlsey, $250, and Redwood City Councilwoman Janet Borgens, $100.

Bolanos appointed

Bolanos was appointed last July in a 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors after Munks announced he was leaving the post early because of a heart condition.

In 2007, Munks and Bolanos were caught up in the raid of a Las Vegas brothel. Neither of them were arrested and Munks said at the time he thought it was a legitimate place of business.

Bolanos did not return the Post’s calls regarding Melville’s run and his own candidacy.