With all the problems he’s had with Rob Davis, police auditors and police-community relations during his term, the last thing San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed would seem to be equipped to do is weigh in on the management of another law enforcement agency. But that’s exactly what he did this week. Reed has endorsed long-shot Sheriff candidate Richard Calderon, becoming the first mayor anyone can remember to endorse the challenger to a sitting sheriff. Which has left everyone scratching their heads.
Victor Ajlouny, consultant to both Reed and Calderon, sent out the press release Wednesday morning. “Maybe Chuck’s so busy with the city budget that he didn’t have a chance to adquately review the candidates,” Sheriff Laurie Smith fired back. Deputy Sheriff Joe Charvez, who was in the race and decided not to pay his filing fee just before the deadline, saying his job with the Sheriff’s Department kept him too busy to run for office, expressed “grave concerns” about Calderon, a retired SJPD captain and former Gustine police chief. “It’s not like he left Gustine to come do this,” he says. “I’m not sure he wants to be sheriff so much as he wants another job.” Charvez supports Smith, as do Reed’s city hall colleagues Pete Constant, Sam Liccardo and Vice Mayor Judy Chirco,