Hollister, California– Today, Hollister City Councilman Jim Gillio is announcing his candidacy for San Benito County Supervisor, District 4. Gillio has lived in San Benito County since he was a young child, and he and his wife Tricia [Gillio] have an 11-year-old daughter, Alison.
“I am running for Supervisor because I feel that I can deliver the leadership and vision for our county that we need most,” said Gillio. “My time as a small business owner and employer has shown me the challenges that families and employers are facing. This experience has also given me insight on how to help make San Benito County a more welcoming place for both employers and our community members.”
Gillio began his long career of public service in law enforcement. He served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with Fresno County while attending Fresno State University, and a volunteer reserve Officer with Gilroy Police before starting his full-time law enforcement career with the San Benito Deputy County Sheriff’s department. Gillio then spent 15 years of service with the Gilroy Police Department. During that time, he was a gang investigator and ultimately rose to the rank of Captain, overseeing divisions of the police department and a complicated $17M budget. Gillio attended the FBI National Academy where he worked with over 200 classmates from more than a dozen countries. Gillio’s extensive business, leadership, and public sector experience, and his record of service proved that he was the top candidate for the Hollister City Council when he was appointed last summer. Gillio has used his public safety experience while sitting on the City Council to assist in adding additional sworn personnel to the Hollister Police department, and he continually champion’s public safety through this position. Gillio was supported by the Hollister Police Officer’s Association (HPOA) for City Council and is supported by the HPOA for County Supervisor, District 4.
Jim Gillio has dedicated many years to the agricultural industry. Prior to his time in law enforcement, Gillio worked in agriculture for more than 12 years. He started off as an agricultural hand at his mother’s business, Gillio Farms, which was a local San Benito County decorative produce business. He began working at Gillio Farms at the young age of 9 years old, and ultimately returned to manage the day-to-day operations there after graduating from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. He is currently the owner and manager of a local small business, Central Ag Supply, offering personal protective equipment and janitorial supplies.
Among Gillio’s top priorities are Public Safety: ensuring that our Public Safety members (sworn and non-sworn) whether it be Hollister PD, San Benito County Sheriff’s Department, or our Fire Department all have adequate resources and support to effectively keep our county safe; Economic Development: supporting local business and championing our region for expansion of existing business and attracting new business; and Fiscal Solvency: ensuring our county is financially stable and that our infrastructure (roads, water, sewer) are state of the art for future generations.
“I couldn’t be happier with the City Council’s appointment of Jim Gillio to District 4. Jim has shown the dedication required to serve this community with class and dignity. He is very intelligent and will not consider taking action without educating himself and understanding all the necessary factors. The County of San Benito will be extremely fortunate to have Jim Gillio as a member of the board if elected. The City will be losing a valuable asset,” said City Manager, Bill Avera.
The 4th Supervisorial District of San Benito County encompasses the majority of South County as well as; Southeast Hollister, Tres Pinos, Cielo Vista, Stone Gate, Ridgemark, Paicines, Panoche, Pinnacles, Bitterwater, San Benito Lateral, and New Idria.
Gillio has committed to finishing his City Council District 4 appointment, which will come to completion December 31 2018.
Contact: Jim Gillio
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