From Committee to Elect Jeff Gahler:
Today, Sheriff William J. Kunkel (Ret.) and Sheriff R. Thomas Golding (Ret.) officially endorsed Republican Candidate for Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler. Kunkel served Harford County as Sheriff from 1963 to 1982, having been first appointed to the Office and then being re-elected for four subsequent terms before retiring. In making this endorsement, this marks the first time Sheriff Kunkel has deemed outside leadership the correct and necessary choice for the future of Harford County’s primary law enforcement agency. Kunkel’s full endorsement states:
“As Harford County’s longest serving Sheriff, I understand the demands and the needs of the Office. For that reason, I am proud to endorse the only candidate for Sheriff who can return the Office of Sheriff to the professional organization it was previously. I am proud to endorse Jeff Gahler as Harford County’s next Sheriff. With an unmatched level of statewide command experience and unequalled educational qualifications, Jeff stands ready to both serve Harford County as our Sheriff and stands ready to be an advocate for every citizen’s rights.”
Golding, who served as a member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years and served as Sheriff from June 2003 to December 2006, also expressed his confidence in Gahler and the need for new leadership for the Sheriff’s Office:
“Jeff Gahler is the one candidate for Sheriff who has the experience and skill to make the positive changes that are needed within the Office of Sheriff. His new perspective coupled with his credentials, motivation and common sense approach in decision making will be a breath of fresh air to our law enforcement community. With proud enthusiasm, I support Jeff Gahler as our next Sheriff of Harford County.”
Gahler is a career law enforcement professional, having served 28 years with the Maryland State Police and who has dedicated his life to public service by ensuring the safety and security of Maryland families. In his bid to implement an effective crime fighting platform that improves quality of life for Harford County residents, Gahler promises to restore integrity, ethics and fiscal responsibility to the Sheriff’s Office.
“I am truly appreciative and thankful that such an accomplished individuals such as Sheriff Kunkel and Sheriff Golding support not only my candidacy, but as a previous Sheriffs, each man recognizes the need for new leadership within the Harford County Sheriff’s Office,” said Jeff Gahler.
In addition to Sheriff Kunkel and Sheriff Golding, Gahler has also received notable support from within the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office’s prior command staff to include, but not limited to:
Colonel Howard Walter (Ret.)
Major Roy Mitchell (Ret.)
Major Michael Capasso (Ret.)
Major Steve Bodway (Ret.)
Captain Gary Vernon (Ret.)
Lieutenant David Betz (Ret.)
Lieutenant Joe Mitzel (Ret.)
Lieutenant Rob Gill (Ret.)
Jeff Gahler is a 37 year resident of Harford County and resides in the Forest Hill Community with his wife, Sonya, and their two daughters, Shelby and Sydney. He is a North Harford High School and Harford Community College graduate and obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Gahler is a member of the adjunct faculty within the Public Safety Leadership Program at the Johns Hopkins University and is an operating partner with the Advanced Leadership Consortium, a company committed to providing quality training and consulting services to public safety organizations and private businesses.
To learn more about Jeff Gahler and his campaign, please visit www.gahlerforsheriff.com or follow him on Twitter@JeffGahler