FOREST CO., Pa. (EYT) – Forest County residents are primed to decide on a brand new county sheriff on Tuesday, November 2, with Democrat Joseph Schmader and Republican William Carbaugh Jr. on the poll.
(Pictured above, from left: Joseph Schmader and William Carbaugh Jr.)
The winner will take over for Sheriff Bob Wolfgang, who has held the place since 2002 and selected to not search re-election this 12 months.
William Carbaugh Jr.
William Carbaugh Jr. is the Republican candidate and has beforehand labored for the Venango County Sheriff’s Workplace and the Forest County Sheriff’s Workplace, the place he’s at the moment chief deputy sheriff. He has additionally labored as a county detective with the district lawyer’s workplace.
A 1997 graduate of Clarion-Limestone Excessive College and Clarion County Profession Heart, the place he bought a certification in Protecting Companies, he went on to attend Indiana College Municipal Police Academy in 1998, the place he obtained his Act 120 Municipal Police certification. Then, in 2001, he obtained his Act 2-114 Deputy Sheriff’s certification.
“My targets are to work carefully with the Pennsylvania State Police PICS system to streamline license to hold, proceed contracted patrols and our involvement with neighborhood and faculty applications,” Carbaugh instructed exploreClarion.com.
“I’m trying ahead to persevering with to coach the neighborhood with drug points, scams, and establish theft.”
Carbaugh mentioned that as chief deputy, he has labored carefully with Sheriff Wolfgang on budgeting, the patrol schedule, and different supervising assignments.
He famous that he additionally intends to proceed the favored “Store With a Cop” program.
“We’re at the moment preparing for our ninth annual program. This program advantages the children of the Forest Space College District.”
Carbaugh famous he’s additionally a agency believer within the Second Modification Rights that every law-abiding citizen has the fitting to personal, possess, maintain, and bear arms.
“In the event you select me as your subsequent elected sheriff of Forest County, I’ll be certain that these rights will not be infringed. I’ll stand with you as residents to guarantee that your rights will not be in useless below the Structure and the Invoice of Rights,” Carbaugh mentioned.
“If elected, I’ll work onerous to maintain Forest County protected and be dedicated to serving the individuals.”
Joseph Schmader is the Democratic candidate, an 11 12 months Military and Nationwide Guard veteran, veteran of the Kane Police Division, and former Chief of Police, in addition to being an lively member within the Marienville Volunteer Fireplace Division.
“I moved to Marienville from Tionesta in 2018, my stunning spouse Denise and I purchased our home in 2020 and really feel very blessed and completely happy to name Forest County our dwelling. I really feel very grateful to have such an exquisite neighborhood to lift our youngsters in and make our reminiscences in,” Schmader instructed exploreClarion.com.
“I care about our properties, our households, our county, and our nation.”
In keeping with Schmader, he additionally has a powerful perception within the Structure of the US and all its amendments, which he famous are “equally essential to every one in all us,” and which he’ll at all times defend.
Schmader mentioned that in his profession in legislation enforcement, he has additionally developed a powerful perception in equality and accountability.
“Beforehand serving the general public as a constable in Knox Township, I developed a real sense of working for the individuals. County authorities is what instantly impacts us as residents. The workplace of sheriff ought to be constitutional and do the work of the courts, offering security and well-being for the individuals of the county.”
His time with the Marienville Volunteer Fireplace Firm has additionally impressed some concepts.
“One in every of my targets is to discover a resolution to the continuing non-presence of a much-needed ambulance service in our space.”
Schmader mentioned he’d wish to develop the sheriff’s workplace into a really “community-based” workplace, with extra county-wide patrols, together with foot patrols.
“What the residents do of their properties is their enterprise till they create it out into the streets or name us to their properties,” he famous.
Schmader mentioned that total, he believes individuals are not simply “pink or blue” and might come collectively to make Forest County a greater place.
“I consider that the sheriff’s workplace ought to be all through this stunning county and in our colleges, making a distinction for our youngsters. The sheriff’s workplace that I might lead will proceed to do contracted patrols, county-wide patrols, serve warrants, submit tax gross sales, conduct sheriff’s gross sales, prisoner transports, present safety and security to festivals all through the county, and have instructional applications for adults and youngsters.”
He famous he would be sure the sheriff’s workplace and the Pennsylvania State Police proceed to work cohesively collectively.
“The Pennsylvania State Police are a useful useful resource with revered cops who’re extraordinarily nicely skilled to serve and defend.”
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