Peter announces his campaign for sheriff

Submitted by Eric Peter

Relationships matter. I am Eric Peter, and I am announcing my candidacy for San Juan County Sheriff. It is time for law enforcement to evolve past the current model of policing to relational policing, using the power of connection to build trust.

Relationships matter. I believe in fostering a law enforcement culture following my four-point plan: to ensure safety, communicate effectively, instill trust, and embrace transparency. We have a solemn duty to foster this by building relationships, treating all people with dignity and respect, dedication to equity and diversity.

I have been blessed to be part of this community and working for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office on Orcas and San Juan Islands for the past five years. In addition to my role as Patrol Sergeant on San Juan Island, I serve as a trainer in progressive policing focusing on De-escalation, Communication Skills, and Emotional Intelligence. Training around the state has given me a clear vision for the future.

My wife and I came to San Juan County after falling in love with the islands years ago, traveling here any chance we could. We made the move to become full-time residents after my retirement from the Houston Police Department in 2017 where I served since 1995. As an Officer for the Houston Police Department, I served as a Patrol Officer, working on various teams- Westside Gang Task Force, and Violent Crime Impact Team. As a Sergeant for Houston Police Department, I supervised the Northeast Patrol Division, Airport Division, Emergency Communications Division, Westside Patrol Division, and Westside Crime Analysis Unit. I carry this experience and lessons with me as I serve the people of San Juan County.

Relationships matter. My experience uniquely positions me to lead the department forward with my strong vision of creating an environment of trust by forging stronger relationships with our community. I will create an environment of transparency by enhancing communication and growing a culture of safety by treating people with empathy and compassion, ensuring all members of the public feel heard. I am committed to growing our department’s diversity. Under my leadership, we will advance training opportunities to improve department response. One of the most important tasks as a candidate and as the Sheriff’s Department is to listen. We’re just getting started. I want to hear from you.

Stay tuned for upcoming listening sessions for us to come together and learn from each other. I look forward to this opportunity in growing a deeper relationship with our extraordinary community. I appreciate and am humbled by your support.