Politics & Government

Centre County sheriff

Job description: The Sheriff is an independent elected official with law-enforcement responsibilities as well as civil and criminal court duties. The office of sheriff is responsible for service of civil work of the Court of Common Pleas as well as service of civil and criminal process for district magistrates, private attorneys and others. The Sheriff’s Office provides security for the courts as well as all county-run agencies and county-owned buildings. Sheriff’s deputies transport prisoners to and from various state and county prisons across the commonwealth for court proceedings. The office is also responsible for transporting persons back to Centre County who have fled to areas outside the boundaries of the commonwealth to avoid prosecution. The office is responsible for issuance of license to carry firearms and regulate and license the county firearms

Term: Four years

Salary: $59,372 (effective 2008)

Question asked of candidates: What are your top priorities for this office?

Bill Kuzio

Party: Republican

Address: Bellefonte

E-mail address: constable@ gotmc.net

Birth date: May 9, 1952

Education: 1970, Williamsport Technical Institute, electronics technology

Occupation: Pennsylvania State Constable and 26 year retired Penn State employee

Qualifications: Pennsylvania State Constable, elected 2003; Act 44 PCCD certification, Act 235, Private Agent certification issued through Pennsylvania State Police; supervised five to seven technicians at PSU; executed over 200 warrants out of District Court.

Answer to question: My top priorities for the position of sheriff would be to streamline office operations and maximize use of available resources. I would do this by working with the president judge and county commissioners to utilize the state constables as much as possible to serve the court and reduce costs to taxpayers. This would also make deputies available for enforcement and education in other problem areas, such as drugs, DUI and traffic control.

Paul E. Stamm

Party: Republican

Address: Port Matilda

Birth date: Sept. 21, 1941

Education: Allentown and Shippensburg police academies; Baltimore County K-9 and Maryland Criminal Investigator schools; bomb-detection training and the Pennsylvania Act 2 Sheriff Waiver school.

Occupation: I am currently retired.

Qualifications: I have 35 years of law-enforcement experience, six as a deputy sheriff with the county.

Answer to question: My top priorities include ensuring that all deputies meet state-mandated training requirements. I also intend to be more visible by taking a more hands-on approach as sheriff and with the public’s help, find some realistic solutions to combat crime locally. One way is by personally promoting the D.A.R.E. and Neighborhood Watch programs. Working closer with other law-enforcement agencies in sharing and disseminating information is also a top priority.

Doug Kalmbach

Party: Republican

Address: Bellefonte

E-mail address: doug kalmbach@ verizon.net

Web site: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzerudyp

Birth date: Feb. 26, 1962

Education: 1981 graduate of Bellefonte Senior High; 1988 graduate of Deputy Sheriff’s Training Academy

Occupation: resigned to run for current office.

Qualifications: 19 years as deputy sheriff, budget/fiscal responsibilities, equipment/vehicle management; life member and chairman of the board of Bellefonte Emergency Medical Services; EMT and CPR Instructor, Seven Mountains EMS; church construction teams

Answer to question: With 19 years experience as a base, my priorities are accountable reform and service. Focused reform in the areas of personnel training, equipment management and office reorganization will improve efficiency, morale and confidence. Establishing relationships with other county offices and law enforcement agencies as an involved team player will make the office a greater asset to our county’s residents. I will be a working sheriff with a hands-on approach instilling an attitude of service.

Denny Nau

Party: Democratic

Address: Milesburg Borough

E-mail address: dbnau@co. centre.pa.us

Web site: www.dennynau.com

Birth date: July 3, 1944

Education: Williamsport High School; Pennsylvania State Police Academy; extensive executive-level management and training courses sponsored by National Sheriffs’ Association and National Court Officers’ Association.

Occupation: Centre County sheriff

Qualifications: law enforcement professional serving in Centre County for 23 years, as a state trooper and four elected terms as sheriff; U.S. Marine Corps sergeant

Answer to question: My priorities as your sheriff remain to professionally and efficiently carry out mandated judicial duties, which include court security, inmate transport, warrant service, civil process and license to carry firearms. As the highest elected law-enforcement official in the county, I will continue to review, validate and integrate our strategic plan for reducing crime within the community. I will provide the necessary leadership to retain the quality of life we appreciate within Centre County.