- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Santa Clara County’s jail guards have elected a woman to lead their union after the former president left amid accusations that he sent racist text messages.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/1ZMZbaM ) that Sgt. Amy Le will be the first Vietnamese-American and the first woman to lead the county’s Correctional Peace Officers’ Association when she takes office June 1. Le replaces Sgt. Lance Scimeca, who stepped down after he was found to have sent texts disparaging black, Latino, Vietnamese and Jewish people.

Le says she is excited to represent the county’s guards and continue to advocate for better working conditions and living conditions for inmates. She says jail guards get a bad reputation, but that’s because it only takes one bad apple to overshadow all their hard work.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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