Hughes went on medical leave for undisclosed reasons in early December and was expected to be back at Patterson Police Services’ helm in early January. That has now been extended to late January, according to sources. A full recovery is expected but has affected her ability to campaign as the 2014 election season gets underway.
She said in her statement that Patterson comes first.
“My current position as Police Chief for the City of Patterson will be my priority. When I return to work after medical leave, I will devote my efforts to my job and working within that framework to bring about as much change as possible,” she said in a written statement on her campaign website. “My campaign was a platform to openly discuss and debate topics important to the community. I will continue such efforts and advocacy for the citizens of Stanislaus County.”
Hughes also thanked her supporters in the statement.
Since joining the Sheriff’s Department in 1999, Hughes has worked her way up through nearly every level of responsibility within the Sheriff’s Department, from the routine duties of a deputy patrolling county roads to a detective focusing on elder abuse and crimes against children. Hughes was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005 and Lieutenant in 2007, where she managed and directed sheriff patrols throughout Stanislaus County.
The race for Stanislaus’ top cop is now down to Ceres Deputy Tom Letras, who announced his candidacy in the fall of 2012, and Sheriff Adam Christianson.
• Public safety and City Government Reporter Nick Rappley can be reached at 209-568-9975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.