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HARFORD COUNTY’S LONGEST SERVING SHERIFF, WILLIAM J. KUNKEL, AND SHERIFF R. THOMAS GOLDING, FORMALLY ENDORSE JEFFREY GAHLER FOR HARFORD COUNTY SHERIFF

June 2, 2014 / BEL AIR, MD, PROVIDED - 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[1] or follow him on Twitter@JeffGahler

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