Monday, October 25, 2010
Voters in Somerset County have compelling choices when it comes to who should serve as their sheriff for the next four years.
The Republican nominee is Allan Webster, most recently the police chief in Salisbury, where he served for more than a decade.
Webster's law enforcement experience is deep; he enjoyed a long career as an officer in Baltimore County prior to making his home on the Lower Shore.
Jones, who lives in Mount Vernon, has sometimes been decried as "too local"; Webster, who lives in Marion Station but traces his historical family roots to Somerset's shorelines, has been labeled a carpetbagger.
To be sure, each man has a bit of baggage in the public realm. Webster endured a sometimes awkward tenure in Salisbury, filing lawsuits against his City Council overseers and the city's newly elected mayor. Jones faced criticism for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident, and another time admitted to police investigators that he allowed county inmates to perform yard work at his home.
Jones has made it clear this would be his last term and will not seek re-election in 2014. He has been a reliable leader in overseeing the deputies' roles in serving court papers, providing courthouse security and engaging in supportive law enforcement.
Jones, too, seems amenable to gradual changes within the deputies' scope of effort. Webster, meanwhile, seems eager to be a change-agent for the sheriff's office and expand the department's role in local law enforcement. He has observed that county residents need 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week sheriff's office coverage -- deputies now aren't always on duty some nights and weekends.
The choice here comes down to what sort of vision Somerset voters have for law enforcement in their community. Do voters desire a potentially more modern, police-focused agency under Webster, or prefer a more traditional courthouse-centric operation as headed by Jones? One man's ideals seem rooted in tradition and historical service; the other's ideals more seamlessly embrace the modern expectations of community law enforcement
Change is never easy in any arena; Webster promises plenty of that. The status quo seems secure under Jones; yet change might be needed.
Voters would not err in electing Allan Webster to lead the needed change.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 10/25/2010 03:00:00 PM
It is highly important that the Libertarian party continue to receive enough votes to stay on the ballots across the Country. O'Malley I believe will win easily over Ehrlich so let them beat each other up and throw a vote Susan's way.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 10/25/2010 01:30:00 PM
Press Release – Immediate
October 25, 2010
Subject: Chiefs Ivan E. Barkley, Harold Saylor, Mike Phillips Join Sheriff Mike Lewis in Endorsement of Matt Maciarello for Wicomico County State’s Attorney
Chiefs Ivan E. Barkley, Harold Saylor, and Mike Phillips join Sheriff Mike Lewis in a commercial where the chiefs of law enforcement will endorse Matt Maciarello, candidate for Wicomico County State’s Attorney. The commercial will first run on local and cable networks on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 and will run through November 2, 2010, Election Day.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 10/25/2010 09:53:00 AM