STOCKTON, CA - A retired sheriff's sergeant and two current employees of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department have accused Sheriff Steve Moore of demoting employees who don't support his next run for office.
"The next thing I know, I'm served with a transfer notice and being transferred to courts, Monday through Friday -- quite a big pay cut for me," said retired Sgt. Steve Walker.
He said the transfers continue, and it threatens public safety.
"You don't take an experienced aggressive (canine ) cop, who's out protecting the public. This guy had a dog they took away just because he supported another candidate," said Walker.
Moore strongly disputed the accusation.
"As sheriff the last six years, I haven't made any assignments based on politics. I have put my heart and soul into the department, been here 30 years. I'm not going to do anything to hurt this department or the public," he said.
Moore is running in June, 2014, against Sgt. Patrick Withrow.