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Kauffman touts experience in Republican sheriff primary

May 02, 2007|by TAMELA BAKER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - William M. Kauffman has spent decades behind a badge. So running for Franklin County sheriff is just a natural progression.

After 29 years with the Waynesboro Police Department, Kauffman went to work as a Franklin County deputy sheriff in 2003. And after Sheriff Robert Wollyung decided not to run in this year's election, he asked Kauffman to toss his hat into the ring.

"It took me totally by surprise," Kauffman said. "It was an honor to be asked."

Kauffman, 58, is a lifelong Waynesboro resident. He attended St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, riding a bus his Waynesboro church provided for students of the Catholic school.

After graduation in 1966, he served briefly in the U.S. Navy and worked for local businesses until joining the Waynesboro police force, from which he retired with the rank of corporal.

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Now, Kauffman believes being elected sheriff would provide continuity in the department after Wollyung leaves.

"We have a good bunch of guys here," he said. "I want to keep them together I'm not saying an outsider would not do a good job, but it takes a while" for new people to learn their way around the department, he said.

His opponent for the Republican nomination in the May 15 primary election is Dane Anthony of Chambersburg, who also served 15 years in the sheriff's department before leaving the department several years ago.

No one has filed on the Democratic side.

Kauffman's Web site - www.bill4sheriff.org - says he now serves as a field training officer within the sheriff's department, teaching new deputies the requirements of their jobs.

Kauffman is married and has three children. His son, Billy, 27, is a Waynesboro patrolman. His two daughters are 12 and 14.

The sheriff's office is responsible for security at the courthouse, and the county's Human Services Building and Administrative Annex.

The office also transports prisoners to and from the courthouse to the county jail and state prisons; serves civil court documents such as divorce papers and foreclosures; and serves bench warrants. The sheriff's annual salary is $57,402.

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