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Gore to Lead Sheriff's Dept. While Board Finds Kolender's Replacement

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The San Diego Board of Supervisors is expected to give the reins of the sheriff's department to Undersheriff William Gore as the process begins to replace retiring Sheriff Bill Kolender.

The appointment could give the 61-year-old Gore an edge over the other four candidates planning to run for sheriff in 2010, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Gore lined up key endorsements from the district attorney and three mayors even before Kolender, a longtime friend, announced that he would retire in July. Three of the five county supervisors also endorsed Gore, the Union-Tribune reported.

In an interview with the newspaper, the San Diego native, who put in 32 years with the FBI before joining the sheriff's department, said that Kolender had given him "pretty much leeway in things I want to do and things I want to implement."

Gore comes from a law enforcement family. His father was Kolender's boss, and all three Gore boys eventually became law enforcement officers.

After military service, Gore joined the FBI. He worked in Kansas City and Seattle, where he met his wife, Natalie Sabin, one of the FBI's first female agents. He also earned a master's in public administration from Seattle University.

Gore was at Ruby Ridge in Idaho in 1992 where a standoff developed in the wake of a U.S. marshal killing a 14-year-old boy in a gunfight as marshals tried to arrest his father, Randall Weaver.

After the boy was killed, an FBI agent mistakenly shot and killed Weaver's wife, Vicki, the next day.

In the investigation that followed, a dozen agents were suspended or demoted for lying about what happened, but Gore was not among them. He was promoted to assistant FBI director and returned to Washington, D.C., in 1994.

In 1997, Gore learned there was an opening to head the San Diego field office and he jumped at the chance to move home.

Gore was in the spotlight again after the terror attacks Sept. 11, 2001. An inspector general's office report chided the San Diego office for failing to follow a 1998 directive from headquarters to make counterterrorism -- not the drug trade -- its top priority.

Worse, two of the hijackers on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon spent most of 2000 in San Diego, even taking flying lessons at San Diego's Montgomery Field and renting a room from a known FBI informant.

The other candidates for sheriff are former San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano, former Deputy Sheriffs' Association President Jim Duffy, former undersheriff and Assemblyman Jay La Suer and former sheriff's Sgt. Bruce Ruff.

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