State prison warden plans to run for sheriff

September 16, 2005|by Pepper Ballard

Western Correctional Institution warden and Maryland Division of Correction veteran Jon P. Galley announced Thursday he has filed to run for Washington County sheriff in the 2006 election.

Galley, 61, of 17829 Garden Spot Drive north of Hagerstown, filed as a Republican Thursday morning at the County Elections Board. The warden of a state prison in Cumberland, Md., Galley made his announcement afterward, from Westfields housing development off Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown, saying that county growth will be the next sheriff's biggest challenge.

Sheriff's Department Capt. Doug Mullendore, 52, a Democrat, and Cops Inc. Chief Investigator Dan Seiler, 57, a Republican, also have filed to run for sheriff.


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

Sheriff Charles Mades, a Democrat, has announced he will not seek a sixth term. His five terms in office, which will have spanned 20 years, are a record for the elected post, according to published reports.

In making his announcement, Galley said the county "has experienced unprecedented growth unlike anything in its past. If this trend continues - and there is every indication that it is - more staff is going to be needed to meet that demand."

Galley said the proposed central booking facility, which would provide a central location for police for the county's departments to process arrestees and inmates, needs to be built.

"Central booking decreases the processing time ... It translates directly to more service on patrol," Galley said.

Pointing to the houses behind him, Galley said he would like to see more community policing, which would mean more deputies getting out of their cruisers and going door to door in such housing developments.

Galley, who was Maryland Division of Correction Commissioner of Corrections for three years in the early 1980s and has served as warden of a few state prisons, including Roxbury Correctional Institution and jails in Frederick and Montgomery counties, said he has handled budgets of more than $60 million and staffs of more than 3,000.

"What people have to focus on is the experience and ability of the person running the Sheriff's Department," Galley said. "I would match my credentials against anybody."

Mullendore, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, was born and raised in Washington County, and has spent the past 24 years moving up the ranks at the Sheriff's Department.

Seiler is chief investigator for Cops Inc., a Tri-State and national polygraph and investigative agency. He retired as a sergeant from Maryland State Police in 1991 after more than 20 years of service.

The sheriff earns an annual salary of $67,500. The salary for the sheriff was increased to $80,000 by the Maryland General Assembly this past session, according to published reports.

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