Police officers endorse Pam Avila for city council
The Paso Robles Police Officers Association announced Wednesday they voted to endorse Pam Avila for city council. Avila is the mother of an officer on the force, though she said most of the officers did not know that when considering her. “I am incredibly proud of my son and I don’t believe [our relationship] was a factor in the decision,” Avila said. Tony Ruiz, president of the Paso Robles Police Officers Association, did not return requests for comment on the matter.
Avila is one of five candidates running for two open positions on November’s ballot.
The announcement from Ruiz said, “The association recognizes the hardships endured, and sacrifices made by all during the recent economic recession. As the economy continues to recover, it is essential to have forward looking leadership and new ideas going forward. As the City of Paso Robles continues to recover economically, the city still faces many challenges that must be addressed. Sound leadership and vision are both needed to steer the city toward a future of economic development and positive growth. After speaking with Pam Avila, the Association believes her leadership abilities and vision will be an asset to the city council as a new and strong voice of leadership.”
Avila gratefully accepted the endorsement. “Working in economic development, I’m so aware of the importance of public safety to businesses and families interested in locating in Paso Robles, as well as to our current residents,” she said.
“The feeling of safety and security in this community stems in large part from the quality of service provided by our first responders. I’m confident that as a city council member, I will indeed, bring the leadership and vision that is important, not only to the Police Officers Association, but to the citizens of Paso Robles.”