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Retired police chief formally starts run for city council seat
Charlie Halford

Retired Police Chief Charlie Halford has formally kicked off his campaign for one of two seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election.

“During my career as a civil servant, I witnessed the needs of our community as well as the challenges we face each day. Public safety must be Manteca’s top priority and I am running for City Council to continue m

aking our city a safe and great place to live, work and raise families.”

Incumbents Gary Singh and Debby Moorhead are also being challenged by Dave Martin Sr. who is a Desert Storm era veteran, church deacon, and businessman as well as registered nurse Fred Cunha.

The East Union High graduate and Cal State Sacramento alumnus started his civil service career as a Lathrop Manteca as firefighter/EMT. After that, Halford joined  the Manteca Police and served 11 years as police chief before retiring.

“One of the most important things I learned during my 32-year career in law enforcement was that Public Safety is much larger than just the Police and Fire Departments,” Halford said. “It encompasses many more factors, including youth recreation and sports.  Activities for kids, whether sports, academics, recreation and many others, enables our kids to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. “

After stepping down from law enforcement work, Halford served a stint as Executive Director of the Boys & Club.  

Halford continues to be involved with the Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way of San Joaquin, Manteca Rotary, Give Every Child a Chance, Boys & Girls Club of Manteca and Lathrop, and the Great Valley Bookfest. He has served as Board Chair or President of Rotary, Boys and Girls Club, Hall of Fame, and United Way of San Joaquin. 

He was involved in the founding of Give Every Child a Chance with the late Antone Raymus, Bill Jones and others, serving on the board several years and served as Treasurer. 

“While these volunteer experiences are extremely fulfilling, I know I can do more…

“Now more than ever, our local government needs experienced leadership with a vision to promote collaboration between government, its citizens, and the volunteer agencies which provide safety, educational, recreational and emergency services to our community . . .

“I believe in an open, transparent government that treats everyone with respect and fairness.  Local government should provide the highest level of service at the lowest cost – maximizing your tax dollars for the greatest good. Public safety must always be a top priority. With your vote, we can continue to make Manteca a great city to live, work, and raise a family.”