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Retired sergeant files to run for sheriff in 2006

July 09, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Dan Seiler, a retired Maryland State Police sergeant and chief investigator for Cops Inc., a Hagerstown-based private investigations firm, filed Friday to run for Washington County sheriff in the 2006 election.

A Republican, Seiler, 57, of 401 Thames St. in Hagerstown, said he wants to work more with the community, such as meeting with all of the town mayors, to ensure the residents feel they can talk to police about their concerns.

"It's not being done enough," he said.

Seiler said he also wants to take "an in-depth look at the budget" to make sure there isn't unnecessary spending.

"I want to run it like a business," Seiler said. "It has to be cost-effective."

No one else had filed to run for the post by Friday afternoon, a Washington County Board of Elections official said. The deadline to file is July 3, 2006.

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The primary will be Sept. 12, 2006, and the general election will be Nov. 7, 2006, according to Elections Board information.

Current Sheriff Charles Mades, 65, who has won a record five terms as sheriff, has not said whether or not he will run for a sixth term.

Seiler said he ran Mades' campaign for 12 years as his treasurer.

"He's been a good sheriff, but I think the county's ready for a change," Seiler said.

Members of Seiler's campaign committee and others gathered Friday morning at Cops Inc. at 111 N. Potomac St. for a press conference in which Seiler announced his candidacy.

The sheriff earns an annual salary of $67,500, Dee Hawbaker, county human resources administrator, said Tuesday.

The salary for the sheriff was increased to $80,000 by the Maryland General Assembly this past session, according to published reports. The sheriff's salary, according to the Maryland Constitution, cannot be increased or decreased during a term of office, Washington County Delegation Chairman Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said Tuesday. The increase will take effect when the elected sheriff is sworn in, he said.

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