MEDFORD, Ore. — The former head of the Medford Police Department who retired last year just announced that he will run for mayor of the city, launching a campaign to replace current mayor Gary Wheeler.
Randy Sparacino retired from the Medford Police Department in July of 2019 after serving with the agency for 29 years. According to Sparacino's campaign, he's been serving as a policy advisor to the City of Medford in the interim.
“I have spent the majority of my life dedicated to serving this community and that has led to the decision to run for this office,” said Sparacino. “I am not a career politician and I’m not seeking this office to better position myself for future political aspirations. I want to put my energy into making Medford the best place to live, work and play.”
Sparacino says that he intends to file for the November election as soon as it opens for candidates on June 3.
"During his tenure at MPD, Sparacino was instrumental in leading the design and development of the new police headquarters building," his campaign statement says. "He successfully strengthened community and police relations and refocused leadership in the department in an effort to improve morale and continue MPD’s reputation as one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the state."
Current mayor Gary Wheeler was first elected in 2004. According to Sparacino's campaign, Wheeler is quoted saying that he has "no reservations" in recommending Sparacino as the next mayor of Medford.