From Jeffrey R. Gahler:
November 1, 2014
Dear Harford County Residents:
It was brought to my attention today that President Impallaria of the Deputy Sheriffs Union recently mailed an advertisement that demeaned the correctional deputies of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. At issue with President Impallaria is the fact that the deputies assigned to the Harford County Detention Center have endorsed my candidacy in a truly overwhelming manner with 77% of their membership supporting my candidacy for Sheriff of Harford County. This endorsement has overshadowed the narrow margin that gained the incumbent an endorsement from the second union representing Sheriff’s Office employees and is presided over by President Impallaria. Through that process, described as “overwhelmingly,” the incumbent took just 53% of the membership vote and an astounding 65 members, almost 23% of those eligible to participate, sat the vote out, many in fear that the vote was not confidential as had been advertised.
Unfortunately for President Impallaria, the classification of “correctional officers” (as he would prefer) is an area where Sheriff Bane and I agree, these men and women working to improve public safety in our county are in fact “deputies.” Sheriff Bane noted during his thoughtful comments in a letter to the citizens of Harford County on May 19, 2013, concerning the line of duty death of Deputy First Class Teresa Testerman, “I wanted to share my deep gratitude to the 421 sworn law enforcement and correctional deputies of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.” Sheriff Bane and I make no distinction that would diminish the important role all of our deputies perform on behalf of the citizens of Harford County. It is shameful that for political purposes, President Impallaria and a few members of his group do not feel the same or have bent to pressures to publicly state otherwise.
The badge worn by our “correctional officers” as authorized and issued by Sheriff Bane reads proudly “Deputy Sheriff”, a title by which Sheriff Bane ensured Deputy Testerman, a correctional deputy, would forever be remembered. Many readers know that I have found much fault with the actions and remarks of Sheriff Bane during this campaign, but again, this is an area where I am proud to share his respect for the hard working men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies et al. They’ve earned it.
Jeffrey R. Gahler
2014 Republican Candidate for Harford County Sheriff