Carter will run for 2nd I.C. sheriff term

October 06, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

Harold D. Carter has announced his candidacy in the March 2002 primary to keep his job as county sheriff.

Carter is completing his first four-year term as sheriff. Carter has 33 years of law enforcement experience in Imperial County. He was El Centro police chief for five years prior to becoming county sheriff. He was the assistant chief for 10 years before that.

Carter has a master's degree in public administration from San Diego State University.

He serves as:

· chairman of the Imperial Drug Coalition.

· a member of the executive board of Southwest High Intensity Drug Traffic Areas.

· chairman of the California Border Alliance Group, made up of Imperial and San Diego counties.

Carter has power on the committees to make funding and resource allocations that benefit Imperial County.

Carter is a lifelong resident of the Valley and said he enjoys making a difference in people's lives.


He says some of his strong points are his ability to manage people and his vision, with such programs to his credit as founding the first Police Athletic League in El Centro.

Carter was the first law enforcement officer in the county to graduate from the FBI academy. He said he has proven his ability to make things happen and points to his experience building the countywide respected El Centro Police Department.

As sheriff, Carter has built a training center from a donated building and in the process added more training classes using drug-seizure money.

Also as sheriff, he said he has improved court security and is in the process of a $1.7 million security upgrade at the county jail.

An intelligence center started by former Sheriff Oren Fox, which is used for the Imperial Valley Drug Coalition, was completed during his tenure as sheriff.

Carter and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 41 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or la_mitchel!

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