Bakersfield · Politics

Kern Co. Sheriff Youngblood not eyeing retirement, will run in 2022

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

On Tuesday, Youngblood announced on Facebook that he will run for reelection in 2022. 

“I have been asked by hundreds about my plans for the next election,” Youngblood wrote. “Yes I will run!”

Youngblood, 70, is currently serving his fourth term in office, having been first elected in 2006 after working for the department since 1972. 

Youngblood told the Bakersfield Californian that he feels there is unfinished business for him to address. 

“I received a lot of pressure from the public to run again,” Youngblood said. “Our world is experiencing some crazy times, and I think that the security of the sheriff is important to the public. And they made that clear to me.” 

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is currently working through a settlement agreement with the California Department of Justice. 

Last December, then California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wrapped up a four-year investigation into civil rights violations with the office’s policing practices. 

The sheriff’s office is working to implement the required changes to its policies and practices.

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Youngblood, 70, is currently serving his fourth term in office, having been first elected in 2006 after working for the department since 1972. 

Youngblood told the Bakersfield Californian that he feels there is unfinished business for him to address. 

“I received a lot of pressure from the public to run again,” Youngblood said. “Our world is experiencing some crazy times, and I think that the security of the sheriff is important to the public. And they made that clear to me.” 

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is currently working through a settlement agreement with the California Department of Justice. 

Last December, then California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wrapped up a four-year investigation into civil rights violations with the office’s policing practices. 

The sheriff’s office is working to implement the required changes to its policies and practices.

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.