Fire Fighters Endorse Jack McClaren
The Apache Junctions Firefighters have endorsed Jack McClaren. Apache Junction Fire Fighters answer almost 6,000 emergency calls annually in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, including several that are technical rescues requiring search and rescue operations with the Sheriff’s Office.
“I am deeply honored that the Apache Junction Fire Fighters have given me their vote of confidence and endorsement,” said Jack McClaren. McClaren, who has served almost 20 years in Pinal County law enforcement, including being a Sheriff’s Office Commander.
"I am committed to building a premier inter-agency emergency response between the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue resources and the Fire Fighters in Pinal County. We need to find the best way to deliver premier emergency services, especially in the rural areas and doing so cost-effectively,” said McClaren. “I will set-up an inter-agency committee to drive to better operational relationships and joint training. When seconds count, people count on their Fire Fighter-Sheriff team to get the job done – my goal is to reach out and help make Pinal County Arizona’s safest county,” said McClaren.
“Professional fire fighters have led the way in cost savings ideas, like automatic mutual aid and I am committed to work with them and honored to stand beside them as a fellow public safety professional,” McClaren concluded.
Roger Vanderpool - Former Pinal County Sheriff and past Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Endorsement
“Jack McClaren is the right man to be our next Pinal County Sheriff. Jack will bring integrity and trust back to the Sheriff's Office,” said Roger Vanderpool.
Vanderpool served as Pinal County Sheriff from 2000-2005 and was then appointed by the Arizona Governor and confirmed by the Arizona Senate as the Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which operates the highway patrol, state crime lab and performs statewide law enforcement. Vanderpool served five years as the state’s leading law enforcement director.
“Jack has the character to be a Sheriff that the citizens of Pinal County will be proud of, and that the employees of the Sheriff's Office will be confident in following. Plus Jack will not only protect and serve Pinal County, but he will be a good steward of our tax dollars,” Vanderpool said.
McClaren, who has served as the elected County Constable in Pinal County, is a 36-year county resident and U.S. Army veteran. He is a graduate of specialized government and law enforcement programs with the FBI, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. He is also a leader in the Boys and Girls Club, serving as the Board Vice President of the Apache Junction Boys and Girls Club.