Sheriff Youngblood responds to his challenger's attacks

Election day is just 13 weeks away

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Chief Deputy Justin Fleeman formally announced Wednesday he is running for Sheriff of Kern County, hoping to unseat Youngblood after he's held the job for more than a decade.

And Fleeman pulled no punches during his announcement.

Among Fleeman's many charges were accusations of absenteeism on the part of Sheriff Youngblood.

In an interview on 17 News at Sunrise, Youngblood responded to Chief Deputy Fleeman for the first time, acknowledging the sheriff's department can improve, while swatting away Fleeman's attacks.

"The way that the system is set up is the sheriff empowers four chief deputies to contact their employees, their deputies and keep that information flow going. One of those four chief deputies is Chief Fleeman, so if he's accusing this organization of not doing their job because they're not keeping in contact, he's attacking himself. It makes absolutely no sense," said Youngblood.

"But at the end of the day I'm gonna throw myself on the sword. We can do better, with staying in contact with our employees," the sheriff added.

Youngblood was first elected to be the Kern County Sheriff in 2006.

Fleeman has been with the Kern County Sheriff's Office since 1998. 

You can expect more fireworks to come as we approach the June primary, now 13 weeks away.

More Stories

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center