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July 13, 2006
Western Correctional Institution warden and Maryland Division of Correction veteran Jon Galley is running for Washington County sheriff in the 2006 election. Galley, 61, of 17829 Garden Spot Drive north of Hagerstown, is a Republican and the warden of a state prison in Cumberland, Md. 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.
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by MARLO BARNHART | June 15, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY Veteran prison warden Lloyd L. "Pete" Waters filed Wednesday as a Democrat for Washington County Commissioner, making him the 11th candidate to announce for the five-person board. "This is new to me, but I like a challenge," said Waters, who has never run for political office. Employed with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for 34 years, Waters said he is familiar with the political arena. Waters, 57, retired in 2003 as warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown - a position he held for more than 15 years.
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by Pepper Ballard | September 16, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com 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.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 10, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com Accusing the Maryland Division of Correction of "dictatorial leadership," a "disregard for real public safety" and "an outright display of elitism," Joseph Sacchet said Thursday that he is resigning as warden at the Maryland Correction Institution-Hagerstown, ending a career of more than 30 years. Sacchet, who has been warden at each of the three prisons south of Hagerstown, said the Division of Correction cut 82 jobs at MCI-H when he was prepared for 30 to 35. It also has intensely scrutinized him and the prison, in what he believes was an attempt to force him to leave, Sacchet said.
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June 10, 2005
"An open letter to my staff at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown and to Commissioner Frank Sizer" It is with much thought and soul searching that I (end) my thirty plus years of service with the State of Maryland Division of Correction. Due to the management style of the top administration, dictatorial leadership, disregard for real Public Safety and employee safety and an outright display of elitism, my resignation is effective close of business, Thursday, June 30, 2005.
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by DON AINES | January 21, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A new $30 million prison Franklin County will begin building this spring will cost about the same as renovating and expanding the existing jail and would be less expensive in the long-run, Warden John Wetzel told the Chambersburg Area Taxpayers Association Thursday night. Wetzel said the U.S. Justice Department "characterized the jail as a time bomb" last year because of its age and overcrowding. Studies in recent years came to the conclusion that a new prison was the only viable option, he said.
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by DON AINES | August 6, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - With Franklin County Prison operating at nearly twice its design capacity and interest rates for municipal borrowing at historic lows, the county is positioning itself to build a new jail. The Prison Board on Thursday authorized Warden John Wetzel to request funding for a new jail from the Board of County Commissioners. All three county commissioners also sit on the Prison Board. "We need to be timely in our actions ... we're still at 30- to 40-year lows" for interest rates, said G. Warren Elliott, chairman of the board of commissioners.
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by DON AINES | October 2, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Already burdened with the highest population in its history, Franklin County Prison could be straining to contain an additional influx of inmates after Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday signed into law a statute lowering the legal limit for intoxication. The bill lowered the limit for intoxication from a blood-alcohol level of 0.1 percent to 0.08 percent and toughened penalties for those convicted of having levels above 0.16 percent.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | July 30, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Breaking away from protocol, the Berkeley County Commissioners will reinterview everyone who applied to be the county's chief animal control officer, despite the fact a candidate had been recommended. In the meantime, following Ray Strine's retirement as the head of animal control, Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith will oversee the department. Twelve people were interviewed for the job, including several who currently work for animal control, County Commission President Howard Strauss said Tuesday.
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by LAURA ERNDE | May 13, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com He likes to quote Socrates and Winston Churchill, but when Lloyd L. "Pete" Waters first came to the Maryland Correctional Institution he says he felt more like Wyatt Earp. Waters became warden in 1991, just after a major riot at the prison south of Hagerstown. At times, he said, he felt like the Wild West lawman while restoring peace to the prison. "There was so much turmoil and so much violence there had to be a certain amount of law," said Waters, who is retiring this month after 34 years with the Maryland Division of Corrections.
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