The six men vying to replace 16-year Madera County Sheriff John Anderson were asked their opinion on topics from gun control to combating the “extinction” of female deputies during a public forum this week.
All six candidates come from long law-enforcement backgrounds and, if elected June 3, will take over the sheriff’s office at the end of December from the retiring Anderson.
The candidates, in order of their opening statements Monday, are: former CHP officer Dennis Fairbanks of Coarsegold; Frank Gauthier also of Coarsegold, a private-security project manager and former Madera County sheriff’s deputy; Michael Kime, resident and former City of Madera police chief; Fresno Police Department Sgt. Gregory Noll of Oakhurst; Chowchilla police chief Jay Varney and Madera County undersheriff Michael Salvador.
Questions posed by The Madera Tribune and the Madera Chamber of Commerce — the forum’s hosts — started off broadly and asked each man what they felt was the most significant issue facing county law enforcement...