Sheriff-elect optimistic about future

Republican Susan Pamerleau defeated Democrat Amadeo Ortiz

SAN ANTONIO - Republican Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau laid out some of her transition plans Wednesday afternoon, if remaining a bit vague on exactly what she plans to do.

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Pamerleau said her first step is to create a new leadership team.

She is the first female ever elected to the office in Bexar County.

“I don’t care who you supported for Sheriff,” said Pamerleau. “If your No. 1 goal is public safety, you’re on the team.”

That may not be the case for everyone, however.

Pamerleau will get to appoint nine deputy chiefs and one chief deputy, likely signaling a hasty end to the 10 Ortiz-appointed individuals who currently occupy those spots.

Pamerleau wouldn’t say if any would be kept on, but said she would consider everyone.

“I think she has a learning curve over the next couple of months, but she’s a very smart lady and she understands our concerns,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

Despite the long-standing tension between the sheriff’s office and the Commissioner's Court, both Wolff and Pamerleau said they were optimistic about working together.

Both agree on the need to hire an administrator to oversee county jail operations.

The jail is the largest single item on the county budget every year, and is widely criticized for operating inefficiently by people on both sides of the aisle.


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