The president of the Kern Law Enforcement Association, which represents more than 500 deputy sheriffs and District Attorney investigators, has been recalled following the race in which Donny Youngblood was re-elected as Kern County Sheriff.
"After the contentious sheriff's race, a majority of KLEA members made the decision to recall current president David Kessler and move forward to the fall election of a new president of the board," KLEA said in a news release Wednesday.
"We thank Sergeant Kessler for his dedication to KLEA and efforts to raise awareness of issues that are important to our members — particularly the lack of deputies protecting the public due to the lowest pay scales in the San Joaquin Valley," the release says.
KLEA Vice President Tim Caughron is serving as interim president.
The move to recall Kessler comes about a month-and-a-half after Youngblood won in a landslide against challenger Justin Fleeman, a chief deputy who spent months criticizing Youngblood and the Sheriff's Office.
KLEA initially endorsed Fleeman, but in May its members voted to withdraw the endorsement.
Members who brought forward the petition expressed disappointment in the Fleeman campaign's alleged salacious attacks on the Sheriff's Office as a whole and perceived damage to all of those who wear the uniform.