Acting Sheriff Bill Mullen, 60, of Banksville and Damon J. Brown, 44, of Greenfield turned up to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with their own visions to run the office of Sheriff Pete DeFazio, who was first elected in 1997 and resigned on Halloween before pleading guilty to shaking down employees for campaign contributions.
Mullen, who has been serving as acting sheriff since November 2006 reorganized the duties of supervisors and reduced annual budget by $500,000, mostly by cutting overtime besides introducing "Most Wanted" web sites featuring deadbeat parents and violent offenders.
Brown, a trainer of civilian police abroad countries for U.S. State Department, is for more specialized training for deputies, including for hostage, bomb and armed criminal situations. Besides reviewing and revamping emergency contingency plans, he hopes to improve police relations with youngsters through a police athletic league.
After democratic voters in the May 15 primary select from Mullen, Brown, and Anthony Costa, 55, of Swissvale, the winner will square off against lone Republican, Edward J. Kress, 35, of Shaler, in the November general election.