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Mullendore takes oath of office as new sheriff

December 05, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - As their new boss shook hands with supporters, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies milled about in the back of a courtroom.

Deputy 1st Class Jeff Miller said he anticipates positive changes now that Douglas Mullendore is the new sheriff.

"I think things are going to change for the better," Miller said.

Mullendore, who served most recently as colonel, became the county's first new sheriff in 20 years during a short swearing-in ceremony in front of friends, family and colleagues Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, Washington County Commissioner-elect Kristin B. Aleshire, County Commissioner James F. Kercheval and state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, were among the local officials who joined a sea of blue-clad deputies to see Mullendore recite the oath of office.

Former Sheriff Glenn Bowman, who hired Mullendore in January 1982, sat with recently retired Sheriff Charles F. Mades.

Mullendore said he will need people to work as a team to address the issues facing the county.

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"I look forward to the challenges that I face over the next four years," Mullendore said.

After the ceremony, Bowman recounted his four years working with Mullendore. Bowman said he always had confidence in Mullendore.

"He really set me easy. I mean, if I sent him out on a job, he was going to do it, and he was not going to come back until he did," Bowman said.

Mullendore was working as a police officer in Boonsboro when he joined the Sheriff's Department. Under Mades, he worked as a chief deputy. Mades retired after 20 years as sheriff.

Lisa Mullendore, who pinned her husband's blue uniform jacket with his new badge, said she realizes the new position likely means more late-night phone calls. She said she does not mind.

"I'm feeling very proud of my husband. He certainly has worked long and hard for this, and if anyone deserves it, he certainly does," she said, as her husband chatted with supporters.

Miller said he believes Mullendore is the man for the job.

"I think it's going to go rather well. Twenty-five years with the Sheriff's Department, he already knows what he's doing there," Miller said.

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