Says he has 20 years of experience in criminal justice field

Submitted Report, The Freer Press

A former constable who also served as an investigator for the Duval County Attorney's office announces he will run for Duval County Sheriff in the March 2008 Democratic Primary.

Roel R. Perez, 58, said bad press, jail escapes and poor management policies by the current sheriff led to his decision.

"It's a shame the sheriff's department is being run like it is now," he said. "People in the county deserve elected officials that will work for them, especially the sheriff's office. I believe I can do a better job. It is simply time for a change."

A life-long resident of Duval County, Perez served as Pct. 1 Constable from 1989 to 1996 and in the County Attorney's office from 1997 to 1998. He has worked in the criminal justice field for nearly 20 years.

For the last 10 years, Perez has been employed as a private investigator working exclusively for the Edwards Law Firm in Corpus Christi. He owns an investigations company that is licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau.

His other qualifications include a Master Peace Officer Certification, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in counseling.

"I'm going to be a sheriff that's there for the people. That means I'll be available whenever I'm needed," he said. "The sheriff's department has become a political action committee instead of a law enforcement agency, and that needs to change."

Perez said his record as a law enforcement officer and investigator in both the criminal and civil side of the criminal justice system qualifies him for the sheriff's position.

He also has extensive training and experience in civil law and in the Texas Court System, as well as advanced law enforcement training.

Perez is a past president of The South Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association, a member of the San Diego VFW, the San Diego Mutualistas and the San Diego Rotary Club.

"The sheriff's position needs someone who can bring new life to the position, raise employee morale and bring the sheriff's office back to the people," he says, all these things have been lacking in the current administration for years.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Perez served in the US Army from 1969 to 1972. He and his wife, Gloria Elizondo Perez, are life-long residents of San Diego.