Former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has been named the 2012 Honorary Chairman of the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. The honor is awarded each year to an individual who has contributed to San Diego sports and society in a meaningful way.
Sanders served as San Diego's Chief of Police from 1993 until 1999, where he effectively streamlined the department. He helped make San Diego's neighborhood-oriented policing a national model, reducing crime by 49 percent. Sanders ascended the police department ranks, becoming one of the youngest police chiefs in the city's history after 20 years on the force. He expanded community-oriented policing and earned a reputation as one of the nation's most progressive and innovative law-enforcement leaders, with crime falling to a 25-year low during his time as chief.
After leaving the Police Department, Sanders became the CEO of United Way. In 2002, Sanders was appointed to the American Red Cross board.
Sanders was elected mayor of San Diego in 2004, and completed his second and final term as the 34th Mayor of San Diego in early December.
This year's Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, featuring the Baylor Bears and UCLA Bruins, kicks off at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 27th at Qualcomm Stadium. Tickets are available at www.BridgepointEducationHolidayBowl.com.