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Sheriff seeks re-election

January 21, 2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Sheriff Robert B. Wollyung announced he will seek re-election to a fourth term in office.

Wollyung, 63, was first elected sheriff in 1991.

He joined the U.S. Navy upon his graduation from high school. After serving the last two years of his four-year enlistment in the South Pacific, Wollyung returned to Pennsylvania to become a police officer under his father, who was the police chief of Pottsville, Pa.

In 1962, Wollyung joined the Pennsylvania State Police. Promoted to the rank of corporal, Wollyung served as a supervisor and a field instructor and received training for drug education and interdiction, after which he was the public speaker on the subject throughout Franklin County schools.

Of his 29 years of service with the Pennsylvania State Police, Wollyung spent the last 27 years in Franklin County.

Wollyung is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College with an associate's degree in Police Science and Administration

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He is the immediate past president of the Pennsylvania State Sheriffs Association, and a member of the National Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Wollyung serves on several committees in Franklin County government dealing with security issues and future planning. As sheriff, Wollyung is also a member of the Franklin County Prison Board.

Prior to his election, the sheriff's office was not computerized, Wollyung said in a news release. The office is now fully computerized to track all civil cases, warrants, real estate sales and prisoner movement, he said. The office has grown over the past 11 years and employs 15 deputies, a real estate sales manager and two clerks, he said.

All deputy sheriffs continue to receive basic and updated training as required under state law, Wollyung said in the release.

Wollyung recently completed advanced courses in Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction sponsored by the National Sheriffs Association, he said.

Wollyung and his wife Patricia live in Chambersburg and are members of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. The couple has a son, Robert, who is an engineer with Bridgestone-Firestone in Akron, Ohio, and a daughter, Erin, who works and lives in Carlisle, Pa.

If re-elected, Wollyung said he plans to continue his policies of the past 12 years and will continue to upgrade and improve the Sheriff's Office to better serve the people of Franklin County.

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