The following letter was recently posted on former Sheriff Jesse Bane’s election website. Through a spokeswoman, Bane declined an interview with The Dagger in mid-November.
For 42 years, I had the distinct pleasure to serve the citizens of Harford County, first as a deputy sheriff, then as your Sheriff. It would not be appropriate were I to leave the Sheriff’s Office without properly thanking those who helped me with my career, those who worked closely with me over the years, and the public whom I so proudly served.
The eight years of my term were not easy ones as the economy made it very difficult to provide for the safety of the public without sacrificing services. I am proud to say that I was able to weather this storm and cut no services despite pressures from all corners to do so. And in saying this, I want to thank County Executive, David Craig; President of the County Council, Billy Boniface; and the members of the County Council for doing all you could do to afford me the funding the Sheriff’s Office needed to do it’s job.
I want to thank the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for all your hard work, your sacrifice, and willingness to accept change. It is really you who are responsible for the level of public safety we enjoy today. We went from a community racked with gangs and violence when I began my term of office to one of the safest counties in this state.
I want to thank the public for your support. Protecting you is not an easy job; but knowing you appreciated the job we did made my life a lot easier.
To my wife, I want to say that I could not have done my job without her. For 41 years she never really had my undivided attention as the Harford County Sheriff’s Office was my life. Were it not for her, there would have been no career for me. And I thank her for being my wife, my friend and my companion.
To all my friends, my supporters and volunteers who worked in my campaign, thank you for all your hard work. This was not an easy year for any of us but we ran a good campaign and we ran a clean campaign.
Again, I want to thank the public for believing in me for 42 years and for voting me into office for two terms. And I accept that the public has spoken and that you are ready for a new direction in public safety. I am only thankful that I was able to deliver on my promise to you eight years ago to make this one of the safest counties in this state; and that I did the job you elected me to do.
My life will take a different direction now and I am looking forward to the journey. In closing I want to say God’s speed to each and every one of you and thank you for the many memories.