Ventura County Sheriff John Gillespie announced in Camarillo Thursday night that he will be a candidate for sheriff in next June’s election.
Gillespie was appointed by the county Board of Supervisors in 1982 to succeed Sheriff Al Jalaty, who retired.
Gillespie, 45, made the announcement in Camarillo before an audience of about 150 of his supporters at a cocktail party. “What better time than now to make my official announcement?” Gillespie asked. “I’m now going to seek another term as sheriff.”
No other candidates have announced intentions to run for the four-year post, which carries an annual salary of $67,510.
John Conlon, a businessman who is co-chairman of Gillespie’s steering committee, said the announcement was designed “to scare off anyone else who is thinking about running.”
“We don’t want a campaign,” Conlon said.