by Herman Schaap, June 9 2015
We had Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele as our guest speaker on Tuesday, June 9 2015. Jim is married, has 5 Children and is a Sonora resident for the past 27 years. Jim has a wealth of experience. He started out as a deputy within the prison system and worked his way up. In 2006 Jim registered to be placed on the ballot for the office of Tuolumne County Sheriff. He won his election by a landslide and is now serving a second tenure. Jim is working hard to make his department economically sound and enhance the delivery of services. He also stated that most individuals hired for a position within the department now have college degrees. This was different several years ago when a High School diploma was sufficient for the job. Jim realizes that he is an elected official and has to listen to the public. He asked the Citizens to let him know how he can be more effective doing his job. Sheriff Mele’s Vision Statement is:
While we preserve the foundation of our cultural and historic past, our continued success depends on a shared vision of tomorrow. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is a dynamic and proactive organization devoted to service excellence. We value the diversity of input from our communities, each employee and each volunteer. We demand of ourselves cooperation and respect between divisions, units and individual members. Through a process of continuous improvement and adaptation, we will achieve a successful future enhanced by technology, education and training.
Thank you Jim for sharing your thoughts with us.