Whatcom County Sheriff announces re-election bid

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo has announced he will run for another 4-year term.

Elfo won election in 2003, 2007, and 2011, following his appointment as interim sheriff late in 2002 to replace Dale Brandland, who had won a seat in the state Senate.

He said his top priorities are to protect crime victims, drive gangs from the community, and remove habitual and dangerous criminals from the streets.

“Despite the significant gains we have made in fighting crime, providing behavioral health treatment and jail alternatives, there is still more that can be done,” Elfo said in his re-election announcement.

Among a variety of other projects, Elfo has fought for a new Whatcom County Jail. The current jail, which with upgrades can hold 212 inmates, has held up to 315 at a time.

“(The past four years) I continued to lead the fight to expand jail alternative programs and successfully implemented prevention, treatment and jail alternative programs that are among the most robust in Washington to include the new Mental Health and expanded Drug Courts,” Elfo said in the announcement. “I have tirelessly advocated to the county executive and council to replace the dilapidated jail with a safe and efficient facility containing adequate space for education and treatment.”