|Name||William B. "Bill" Kolender|
San Diego, California , United States
|Last Modifed||User 13|
Jun 13, 2005 08:05pm
|Info||William B. (Bill) Kolender became the 28th Sheriff of San Diego County on January 2, 1995. Prior to his election to the Office of Sheriff, Kolender served as the Director of the California Youth Authority (CYA), an appointment made by Governor Pete Wilson on September 23, 1991. The California Youth Authority is the largest youth correctional agency in the nation, with a budget of about $350 million annually, more than 5,000 employees, and approximately 9,500 youthful offenders in 11 institutions and 4 conservation camps. There are another 7,100 wards on parole being supervised out of 17 parole offices around the state. |
Kolender has been a career law enforcement professional, serving for 13 years as the Chief of the San Diego Police Department. He was appointed at the age of 40--one of the youngest big-city police chiefs in the nation--and retired in 1988.
From that time until his appointment as Director of the Youth Authority, Kolender served as Assistant to the Publisher of the Union-Tribune Publishing Co., which publishes the San Diego Union-Tribune in California's second-largest city.
Described by the Governor as "fair but firm," Kolender started with the San Diego Police Department in 1956 and worked at every rank on his way to becoming chief in 1975.
During his tenure as chief, he served as a board member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and of the San Diego County Criminal Justice Council, past president of the Major City Police Administrators' Association, member of the California Attorney General's Commission on Narcotics, member of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Chairman of the Task Force that integrated the San Diego City Schools, past president of the San Diego Police Officers' Association, member of the Mayor's Crime Control Commission and chair of the Criminal Justice Resource Panel, among others. He also served for eight years on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
Sheriff Kolender is currently representing California on the Western States Information Network (WSIN) Board of Directors along with the State Attorney General. He is also serving the Governor as a Commissioner on the State of California's Peace Officer Standards and Training. He is also an Executive Board member of the California State Sheriffs' Association. Kolender has received many honors over the years, including "Outstanding Alumnus" from San Diego State University in 1985, the Urban League's "Equal Opportunity Award" in 1981, and the "Diogenes Award for Truth and Honesty in Government" from the San Diego Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 1978.
He serves on the board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and has been involved in many other community organizations.
As Director of the Youth Authority, Kolender was a member of the Board of Corrections, the Governor's Policy Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the board of the Presley Institute of Correctional Research and Training, and the California Council on Criminal Justice (CCCJ).
Kolender, a native of Chicago, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs and Public Administration from San Diego State University in 1964.
He and his wife, Lois, have four children -- Michael, Jodi, Randie and Dennis.