A jail so crowded that most convicts serve only a fraction of their sentences. Slow response times by deputies in rural San Joaquin County that outrage residents. A department that has faced upheaval after its leader was convicted of federal mail fraud and subsequently retired in the middle of his term. These are the challenges facing the county's new sheriff-coroner, and voters this fall are tasked with choosing between two candidates who have decades of experience.
Dennis Lobenberg, 56, who retired last year as a deputy chief with the California Highway Patrol, is facing off against current Assistant Sheriff Steve Moore, 51.