Brian Banducci, who retired as Napa County undersheriff last fall, may run against his former boss, John Robertson, for Napa County sheriff, according to the Napa County elections office.
Banducci on Tuesday took out election papers and paid a $1,957 filing fee, Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said Wednesday. To be on the June 3 ballot, Banducci has until 5 p.m. Friday to turn in nomination signatures and file his declaration of candidacy.
Robertson, 55, has already turned in all his papers to make the June 3 ballot, according to the elections office. Until Banducci pulled papers on Tuesday, it had appeared that Robertson would be unopposed.
A former American Canyon police chief, Banducci, 53, retired from the Sheriff’s Office last November after more than three decades in law enforcement.
Banducci also served as police chief in America Canyon, a post he left in December 2010 when he was re-assigned. He later was promoted undersheriff.
The Sheriff’s Office has a contract with the city of American Canyon to provide police services.
The Board of Supervisors appointed Robertson in March 2012 to complete the term of retiring Sheriff Doug Koford. The term ends in January 2015, according to the elections office.
Efforts by the Register to reach Banducci late Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful.