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Former sheriff, police chief Kolender dies

Retired in 2009 after six decades in law enforcement

The San Diego County Deputy Sheriff’s Foundation held a "support and remember" gala for Kolender in March of this year.
  • The San Diego County Deputy Sheriff’s Foundation held a "support and remember" gala for Kolender in March of this year.

Former county sheriff Bill Kolender died today (October 6) after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to a San Diego County Sheriff's Department press release. He was 80 years old.

He joined the police department in 1956 as a patrol officer. In 1975, at age 40, he was appointed chief of police. In 1988, he retired and worked briefly for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He was appointed by then-governor Pete Wilson to serve as director of the California Youth Authority. He became San Diego County sheriff in 1995. Voters relected him three times. He retired in 2009.

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Bill was a truly great man. It is sad that he had to endure the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease. RIP

Marsha Broderick: He did have a very good sense of humor. Best, Don Bauder

AlexClarke: Kolender certainly had a variety of positions in law enforcement. Best, Don Bauder

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