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Anthony making his second run for sheriff in Franklin Co.

May 02, 2007|by TAMELA BAKER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After 15 years on the job at the Franklin County Sheriff's Department - and a few years away from it - Dane Anthony realized the sheriff's office was where he wanted to be.

"I absolutely loved working for the sheriff's office," Anthony said.

And that's one of the reasons he's running for sheriff.

He also believes his knowledge and experience qualifies him for the office.

"I know the functions and the daily routine, and what needs to be done," he said. "I'm real excited about it."

This is Anthony's second bid for the office; he ran against the current sheriff, Robert B. Wollyung, in 2003. He withdrew from the race after losing the Republican primary, although he had enough write-in votes to claim the Democratic nomination.

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Anthony, 47, is a Franklin County native who grew up in the Edenville area. After graduating from James Buchanan High School in 1978, he played professional baseball for eight years.

He went to work as a sheriff's deputy upon his return to Franklin County. After 15 years, he accepted a position in the county's Juvenile Probation Department. Anthony said he was required to resign that position when he ran for sheriff in 2003.

Since then, Anthony served as a sergeant for security at Letterkenny Army Depot and currently works for Cumberland Valley Tree Service.

But he left his heart at the sheriff's office.

"I'm excited about the possibility of being sheriff," he said. And as for the campaign, he said, "things seem to be going really well for me."

But campaigning can be hard work.

"My hair is getting really gray," he quipped.

Anthony seeks the Republican nomination for sheriff in the May 15 primary election. He faces opposition from William Kauffman, a former Waynesboro police officer and current sheriff's deputy.

No one has filed on the Democratic side.

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

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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