Lieutenant General Herbert “Herb” R. Temple, US Army (Ret) Endorses Sheriff Sniff’s Re-election Campaign

August 29, 2018

Retired Lt. General encourages veterans to “support one of their own”

Palm Desert, CA - Lieutenant General Herbert R. “Herb" Temple, Jr., US Army (Ret), one of our most prominent Coachella Valley residents, has made a rare political endorsement, that of supporting Sheriff Stan Sniff in the Nov 6th election.    

General Temple served 43 years in the U.S. Army, serving as a combat infantryman in the Korean War and retiring ultimately as a three-star general in 1990.   He served in many unique assignments, including as a Military Aide to then-Governor Ronald Reagan, the Director of the California Office of Emergency Services (OES), as well as military command and staff assignments from platoon-level to Army General staff at the Pentagon.   In 1986, General Temple was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Chief, National Guard Bureau, at the Pentagon, where he oversaw 550,000 members of both the Army and Air National Guard, with units deployed and training worldwide during the height of the Cold War.

General Temple said earlier this week, “Sheriff Sniff has exercised the first principle of leadership: "When in charge, take charge."  He has taken charge of a large and complex governmental organization and developed an effective and admired element o f government that has successfully given the citizens of Riverside County the protection and security expected of the county’s chief law enforcement official.  He has adroitly managed the resources (our dollars) allocated to his department and has produced one of the nation's premier law enforcement agencies.  

"Disregard for the law and criminal behavior is among the dominant concerns of our citizens as we provide for and raise families, protect our homes, strengthen careers and businesses, educate those who will determine the nation's future, and practice our faith in peace and harmony.  Our law enforcement officers of Sheriff Sniff's department and his personal leadership provide the security essential to that environment.

"Sheriff Sniff achieved a successful military career which gave me reason to observe and evaluate his professionalism and leadership, which is the foundation for public service.   He is a true professional who worked his way from extensive field service to the top of his profession.  I have known and worked with many of our nation's most respected leaders in California across America and Washington, DC. Sheriff Sniff possesses the qualities of high office common among those leaders."

Lieutenant General Temple's endorsement joins others from our local military community, including Brigadier General Guido Portante, USA (ret), Colonel Keith Bushey, USMC (ret), Colonel Jerry Wheaton, USAF (ret), Colonel Paul Gill, USAF (ret), Colonel Phil Rizzo, USAF (ret), Colonel Tom Johnson, USAF (ret), Captain Peter Brabant, USN (ret), Lieutenant Colonel John McBrearty, USA (ret), Lieutenant Colonel Susan Walker, USA (ret), Lieutenant Colonel Larry Stump, USAF (ret), Bill Densmore the longtime head of Riverside County’s own Veteran Services Department before his retirement, and many other retired military officers.    

Sheriff Stan Sniff remarked, “It is an honor to receive General Temple's endorsement.  He is a legend that I’ve had the opportunity to have mentor me through the years, and I am deeply appreciative that he would endorse my re-election to continue our great work in leading the modernizing of our Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.”

Sheriff Stan Sniff, also a retired Colonel, USA, also once served as the president of Greater Riverside’s 500 locally retired military officers from all branches of our U.S. military.   The Sheriff, initially commissioned as an Army armor officer, served 30 years in a variety of military staff and command assignments in infantry, armor and cavalry units and is a graduate of our military’s finest leadership and professional development schooling, while rising through those military ranks.

Sheriff Stan Sniff is the only veteran with service in our military running in this upcoming election for Sheriff of Riverside County.

Sheriff Stan Sniff has held office since 2007, and previously rose through the ranks, including experience in several station and facility command positions, followed by lengthy experience as a senior executive under previous Sheriffs.   He manages an annual $700 million budget entrusted to him by the County Supervisors and oversees countywide operations for nearly 4,000 fulltime employees in one of California’s most complex and largest law enforcement agencies, serving 2.4 million Riverside County residents.   He has led the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in modernization, professional development and the integration of high-technology tools for successfully fighting crime during an especially austere fiscal period for the County.

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