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Boober easily wins sheriff post in Jefferson

November 08, 2000

Boober easily wins sheriff post in Jefferson



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Democrat Everett "Ed" Boober handily beat Republican Kevin A. Alden in the race for Jefferson County Sheriff Tuesday, according to unofficial returns Wednesday.

Boober received 7,642 votes to the 5,787 garnered by Alden, a 1,855-vote margin after all 30 precincts were counted.

Boober, a former Ranson Police Chief and 21-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, thanked the voters for having faith in his campaign.

"They will see a significant difference in service for the county," he said.

Among his platform issues, Boober said he plans to offer courses to the community to help people understand how law enforcement works.

Through the courses, the public could learn what type of complicated procedures police must use to build a solid case, Boober said.

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Boober, 59, of Charles Town, said he wants to build confidence in the sheriff's department, initiate programs to assist in combating domestic violence, use inmates to pick up roadside trash and divide the county into districts, with each deputy assigned to a particular district.

Alden, a security officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center near Martinsburg, wanted to increase salaries while increasing training and standards for deputies.

Alden, 48, of Harpers Ferry, also wanted to increase patrols throughout the county, establish a sheriff's department substation on the Blue Ridge Mountain and develop a scholarship program for Jefferson County students who exemplify community service.

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