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Jerry is a native Southern Californian who grew up in Los Angeles County. He graduated from Santa Fe High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. He has lived in Riverside County for over 50 years and is married to his UCR sweetheart-and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. He has two amazing daughters, two impressive sons in-law, and four very active grandchildren.

Jerry began his law enforcement career many years ago as a Deputy Sheriff from the Elsinore station patrolling over 800 square miles stretching from the San Diego County line to Corona to the Orange County line to and area west of Hemet. He was honored to serve the residents of Southwest Riverside County. Concurrently, he served in the California National Guard and later in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Policeman(MP). He later formed a Police Department for the Riverside Community College and served as its first leader. After hanging up his law enforcement boots, he worked in real estate and banking, ultimately establishing his own business, which he still runs today.

In his free time, Jerry loves reading books(especially books on WWII), taking hikes, coaching tennis, mentoring middle school students through YEMP(Youth Education Motivation Program) and UC Riverside mentor programs. He is an active member of the UC Riverside Athletic Boosters. He loves spending time with his kids and grandkids and traveling with his wife. He is also a dog lover and Costco hotdog aficionado.

Service to Our Country - Military

The Carlos family has served our country in uniform over several generations. Jerry's father was a gunner on the Battleship U.S.S. Idaho during World War II. He participated in the Okinawa and Iwo Jima campaigns and was in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender.

Jerry entered military service in 1972 and did his army basic advance individual training at Fort Ord, California. He became a Sergeant in the 160th Infantry and was an APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) Commander. He later went to the 158th Military Police Company (AZNG) in Tucson, Arizona. His last assignment was the 426th Civil Affairs Company (USAR) in Upland, California where he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Jerry's daughter and son-in-law have each served as officers in the U.S. Air Force for over two decades.

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Law Enforcement

Jerry earned an appointment to the Los Angeles Police Department Academy during his senior year at UC Riverside; however, upon college graduation he received a Draft Classification of 1A and went into the U.S. Army.   Several years later, he applied for and was hired by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.  Upon graduation from that academy, he was first assigned to patrol at the Lake Elsinore station.  For several years, Jerry patrolled an area of over 800 square miles(south Corona, Lake Elsinore, Horsethief  Canyon, Wildomar, Sun City, Murrieta, Temecula, Rainbow Canyon, Ortega Hwy into Orange County).  Much of this time was working a midnight shift by himself.  His next assignment was working patrol out of the Riverside station.  After a few years, Jerry went to the Riverside County Marshal's Office.  Shortly after, the Sheriff took over the Marshal's Office.  

Jerry left the Marshal's Office and was hired to create the Riverside Community College District Police Department.  He was its first chief.  About this time, his sister, Jenna, became a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.  Having created a brand new department and getting it rolling along successfully, Jerry went into  the private sector.  He worked full time as a private investigator and then part time for an additional decade.

Law enforcement is an amazing career.  It's mental toll is often greater than the physical one.  The public has high  expectations for its peace officers.  They do their best and we have excellent service in Southwest Riverside County.  There are several things that can be changed to improve our communities.  We have not given law enforcement the tools to better deal with the homeless.  We continue to pass laws that make it more difficult to take action to handle this problem.  Law enforcement needs better tools to deal with people suffering mental illness issues.  When a cop on the street encounters a subject with obvious mental issues, the system really isn't prepared to handle them.  We expect our police to do this.

It's not realistic and it's not effective. 

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