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Wed Mar 14 2018 (Updated 03/15/18)
Santa Cruz Sentinel and Sheriff's Office Cozy Up
Sheriff's Chief Deputy Appointed to Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial Board
Chief Deputy Craig Wilson of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has been appointed to the new editorial board of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The process was initiated by the Sentinel's new managing editor, Kara Meyberg Guzman. The appointment raises serious questions concerning the Sentinel's journalistic independence, and the news organization's ability to adequately respond editorially to issues of police brutality and brutality within the Santa Cruz County jail system.

Wilson oversees Santa Cruz County's corrections Bureau, a department he has managed as deaths spiked at the jail. According to Guzman, the new editorial board will, "begin researching and meeting with [electoral] candidates in late March, and you’ll start seeing our editorials with our endorsements for the major local races by early April."

According to the Sheriff's office, Wilson "began his career in law enforcement in 1986 as a correctional officer at Soledad State Prison. Craig joined the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office in 1988 and has worked as a deputy in patrol, courts and investigations; a sergeant in patrol, investigations and administration; and a lieutenant in corrections and administration."

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