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Chief deputy announces plans to run for sheriff

August 24, 2005|by Pepper Ballard

WASHINGTON COUNTY

pepperb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Sheriff's Department's chief deputy, Capt. Doug Mullendore, announced Tuesday he has filed to run for sheriff in the 2006 election.

Mullendore, 52, of 15613 Natural Well Road in Williamsport, filed as a Democrat Monday at the county Elections Board. He made the announcement Tuesday morning in front of the Washington County Courthouse in Hagerstown.

Retired Maryland State Police sergeant and Cops Inc. chief investigator Dan Seiler, 57, of 401 Thames St. in Hagerstown, filed July 8 to run for sheriff. He filed as a Republican.

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Sheriff Charles Mades, 65, who has won a record five terms as sheriff, would not say Tuesday whether he will run for a sixth term.

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

Mullendore, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, was born and raised in Washington County. He graduated from Boonsboro High School and spent his first four years in law enforcement as a Boonsboro Police Department officer. He spent the next 24 years at the Sheriff's Department.

"I am always available to answer the questions and concerns raised by the citizens," he said at the press conference. "I would ask for your support."

He said his first objective will be to continue working with Washington County Public Schools to ensure children's safety.

Mullendore, the first director of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, said he wants to continue to combat illicit drugs.

Mullendore, one of eight members on the Radio Communications Upgrade Project steering committee, said he wants to improve communication between emergency responders throughout the county.

Mullendore, second in command at the Sheriff's Department, said he has experience working with the department's 219 employees and its budget. The department runs on a $15 million budget, he said.

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

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 Christopher B. Shank has said. The increase will take effect when the elected sheriff is sworn in, Shank said.

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