FAIRFIELD — A second candidate for the Solano County Sheriff-Coroner’s job emerged Wednesday to take on Sheriff Thomas Ferrara in the June primary election.
With two days left before Friday’s filing deadline, Fairfield bail bondsman Joel “Tom” Toler submitted paperwork and paid filing fees with the registrar of voters office. Toler, who says the current sheriff’s office is broken, is a 55-year-old single father of two who lives in Vallejo. He has run a successful bail bond company from an office in Fairfield for several years.
Toler says his military and past police experience show his commitment to public safety.
Staff in the registrar of voters office said documents Toler provided them would be reviewed in the next few days.
Toler tried to run for sheriff-coroner in 2010 against then-incumbent Gary Stanton. That effort was thwarted by county officials who decided Toler did not have enough law enforcement experience as required by state law for the job. Stanton, who was alone on the ballot, was re-elected and retired part way through his term of office. The Board of Supervisors filled the vacancy with Ferrara, who was undersheriff at the time.
Toler has had a longstanding feud with many sheriff’s deputies and other members in local law enforcement.
Solano County paid $230,000 to Toler in 2011 in exchange for his agreement not to sue county officials for their conduct against him since 2005. In 2009, Toler won a $90,000 judgment in a federal jury trial against former Solano County District Attorney David Paulson and the county. Toler also racked up more than $430,000 in lawyers fees that were paid by the county.
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