John Hemmerling



By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2022 (San Diego) – John Hemmerling is a  a retired Marine Corps Colonel and combat veteran, a former San Diego Police officer, and he’s served as head prosecutor in the city of San Diego’s Criminal and Community Justice Division. Now he’s running for San Diego Sheriff, hoping to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of former Sheriff Bill Gore. 

East County Magazine recently sat down for an in-depth interview wit Hemmerling for his goals if elected.  View the interview.   View a followup question on scanner traffic. Hear an audio version aired on KNSJ Radio.

“Probably my most relevant experience would be the leadership that I bring,” he said.  “You need strong leadership at the top. I’ve spent 36 plus years in public service.”  That includes combat tours and running jails in Iraq.  As a police officer he worked nearly a decade in City Heights, obtained his law degree and eventually became chief legal counsel for San Diego Police before his current position as chief criminal prosecutor for the city of San Diego.


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