Education: Sam Houston State University (graduate)

Claim to fame: Wrote Absent Malice: A Study of Inmate Mortality in Three Large U.S. County Jails

Notable: Served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975 to 1979; in 2005, sought the police chief’s job in Richmond

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Controversy: For a master’s thesis, Coons studied his department’s promotions system and found evidence of systematic employment discrimination against minorities.

- Kevin R.C. Bellamy -

Residence: Southern California (applicant did not state city or county on résumé)

Current job: Insurance-company claims investigator

Law-enforcement experience: Private security guard at a military base and a shopping mall, as well as chief of police in New Berlin, New York

Education: Detective Training Institute

Notable: Owned a business that provided executive protection

* Kevin E. Walsh *

Residence: Syracuse, New York

Current job: Sheriff of Onondaga County, New York

Education: State University of New York at Oswego (undergraduate and graduate)

OC connection: Daughter and grandkids live in Fountain Valley

Controversy: Won his first race for sheriff after his opponent, a Syracuse police chief, was caught accepting a $50,000 bribe behind a Burger King in the final weeks of the campaign

Side job: President of the local school board

Notable: Because problem deputies were getting paid to stay home until cases were resolved, Walsh created a “detention,” in which these officers report to a video-monitored room and spend eight hours a day reading the department’s manual.

Quotable: “The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a black eye right now, so I think a key is to restore integrity from the top down.”

* * Paul M. Walters * *

Residence: Tustin

Current job: Police chief of Santa Ana

Law-enforcement experience: 37 years of police work

Education: Cal State Fullerton (undergraduate), University of Southern California (graduate)

Claim to fame: Given widespread public kudos for running a decent jail and saw his department named a “national model” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2005-2006)

Notable: Served a four-year stint in the Air Force during the Vietnam War

- Joseph F. McGinn -

Residence: Media, Pennsylvania

Current job: Sheriff of Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Number of employees supervised: 85

Education: Temple University (undergraduate), Cheyney University (graduate)

- Robert G. Alcaraz -

Residence: Newport Coast

Current job: Security consultant for law-enforcement agencies

Law-enforcement experience: Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy from 1973 to 2002, with experience in Homeland Security, jails, employee-support services, risk management and patrol

Education: El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera

Claim to fame: Alternate member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee

Notable: Ran against Carona in the 2006 election but dropped out of the campaign weeks before voting

- Elias A. Voulgaris -

Residence: Chicago, Illinois

Current job: Captain in the Chicago Police Department

Law-enforcement experience: Began career in 1982 as a Cook County deputy

Education: Lewis University (undergraduate), Illinois Institute of Technology (graduate)

Claim to fame: An expert in narcotics and gang suppression activity

Notable: Won Democratic National Convention Special Service Award

- Timothy P. Ryan -

Residence: Miami, Florida

Current job: Director of the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department

Number of employees supervised: 2,803

Law-enforcement experience: Alameda County sheriff’s deputy from 1970 to 1998, chief of the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections from 1998 to 2002, Chief of the Orange County (Florida) Corrections Department from 2002 to 2006

Controversy: Received hostile reaction from the police union when he enacted an employee-appearance policy that asked deputies to decorate no more than one tooth with artwork

Notable: Graduated from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government

* * Craig A. Hunter * *

Residence: Yorba Linda

Current job: Deputy chief of police in Anaheim

Number of employees supervised: 674

Law-enforcement experience: Worked every imaginable police job for the city

Education: Bellevue University (undergraduate), Chapman University (graduate)

Notable: Referees high-school and college football games

Controversy: Supervised Anaheim’s gang unit during a period in the 1990s when Steve Nolan, a whistleblower cop, gave evidence that the unit routinely beat handcuffed Latino suspects and falsified crime reports

- Dave Galich -

Residence: Huntington Beach

Current job: Telemarketing district manager

Law-enforcement experience: None, but served as president of the Cal Gun Club in college

Education: University of California at Berkeley

Claim to fame: President of the Berkeley College Republicans in 2003

* Daniel J. Martini *

Residence: San Clemente

Current job: Carona’s last mischievous act in office last January was to fire assistant sheriff Martini.

Law-enforcement experience: You name it, he’s done it in the department during the past 33 years, including serving as police chief for Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.

Education: San Diego State University (undergraduate), Cal State University Dominguez Hills (graduate)

Claim to fame: Besides being considered by insiders as one of the finest deputies in the history of the department, Martini was instrumental in recently creating highly touted, new training facilities.

Notable: Served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972, won numerous law-enforcement performance/creativity awards

Quotable: “We need to change the department’s culture. We need to put pride back into our uniform.”

- Timothy W. Tunson -

Residence: Bakersfield

Current job: Chief of police in Arvin

Number of employees supervised: 26

Law-enforcement experience: Served as interim chief and chief, respectively, at police departments in South Gate and Calexico, worked as a deputy in Riverside and Orange counties

OC connection: Lived in Santa Ana as a youngster

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