Mitch Lambdin is touting his experience as he announced his intent to run for Kerr County sheriff in 2020.
Lambdin is a retired sergeant from the Los Angeles Police Department. In his 30 years of police experience, Lambdin worked under the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, lead a 16-officer bomb detection K-9 unit and was the officer in charge of a large gang unit in the Watts District of south Los Angeles.
He also served as a watch commander in southeast Los Angeles for more than a decade, commanding roughly 90 police personnel in a high-crime, urban area with a population of around 100,000 residents.
“I had to learn to be flexible and realize that things aren’t (always) going to go the way you expect them,” Lambdin said. “(I learned) how to manage people, consider their personal lives and how it affects our scheduling, all those kinds of things. Sometimes there are tragic things we have to deal with and build community support.”
When Lambdin heard that Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer will soon retire, he decided to run to rejoin the workforce.
“I just kind of missed being in law enforcement,” he said.
Part of Lambdin’s philosophy as sheriff would be to ensure that all of the law enforcement and allied agencies in Kerr County are working well together to enhance the public safety of Kerr County and to include community involvement and transparency at the highest levels possible, he said.
“(I want to be) accountable to the voter so that they know what I’m working on and to try to be much more transparent in what we’re doing — obviously within law enforcement limits,” Lambdin said.
He said that four years ago, he and his wife chose Kerr County to relocate their family of six because of the positive environment, family values and outstanding quality of life, and he would like to help to maintain that environment.
“My favorite thing is the people of Kerr County,” Lambdin said. “I cannot believe how many people said, ‘We’re glad you’re here,’ or ‘It’s nice to know you.’ I thought, ‘Is this for real?’ But it just kept happening. The people here are the absolute nicest, most genuine people I have ever encountered.”
Since moving to the area, Lambdin has been involved at Notre Dame Catholic Church, serves on the council for Notre Dame Catholic School and volunteers as a donation pick-up driver for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop in Kerrville.
Through his training more than 400 personnel, overseeing a jail and visits from the U.S. president and working security at big events such as the Grammy Awards, Lambdin has more than 150 commendations, one of which includes being recognized by the Department of Homeland Security for his response to the active shooter incident at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, 2013.
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