May 10, 1986
Boss Hogg was envious. Here were those goldurned Duke boys racing around the countryside in that fancy car of theirs, making the sheriff look like a damfool. What to do? Ralph (Boss Hogg) Passio had an answer, according to sources close to the FBI's investigation of his Philadelphia sheriff's office. Mudflaps. Also power antennas and fancy car sound systems. Even a sheriff who doesn't know where he's going deserves to take his trips in style. A car is important to a Philadelphia sheriff.
October 8, 1987
Close calls between good candidates for the same office are not common in Philadelphia politics. Often the choices are so bad that choosing one person to endorse is a painful process. That's why the race for Philadelphia sheriff is such a pleasure. Each candidate presents a rational, well-thought-out plan of action, and brings with him a dignity and professionalism non-existent during the reign of Sheriff Ralph "Boss Hogg" Passio 3rd. Both Democrat John Green and Republican Bill Cole have ample law enforcement experience and a sense of purpose that will be invaluable in running the office.
September 14, 1986 |
William Rowley, the undersheriff in Burlington County, leaned over his desk, fumbled through a few legal pads and budget documents, and began explaining his strategy to become the county's next sheriff. But then he became distracted. Pulling his huge frame from an undersized chair, Rowley turned to the dreary conditions in the Burlington County sheriff's office, a two-story brick building on High and Grant Streets in Mount Holly. "We're living in squalor here," Rowley said.
April 24, 2003 |
He's getting more work for less money. And he's leaving a fairly stable job for one where, in two years, he will have to be elected to the post. But ask Edward J. Donnelly why he's leaving as chief of the Lower Southampton Police Department to become Bucks County sheriff and he will say simply: "It's something different. " From a captain in the Philadelphia Police Department to the head of the 29-member Southampton squad, the 37-year-veteran said he's just about seen it all. Except sheriff.
May 9, 1986 |
Surprising members of his party, Burlington County Sheriff Francis P. "Luke" Brennan said yesterday that he wants to be the chairman of the county Democratic committee. Brennan made the announcement four weeks before the scheduled election and days after county Democrats said Jack Shaw, a political fund-raiser for Rep. James J. Florio (D., N.J.), who had expressed interest in the chairmanship, would be right for the job. Shaw said Monday that he would wait until next week before deciding whether to run for the chairmanship.
February 3, 2012
THERE IS AN equation in politics: Good news for one person is bad news for another. Former state Sen. T. Milton Street Sr. , fresh from federal prison last year when he challenged Mayor Nutter in the Democratic primary election, has dropped plans to run against state Rep. Michelle Brownlee for the 195th District seat representing the Strawberry Mansion, Powelton and Mantua area. Street tells us that, instead, he will seek the vacant House seat in the 197th District, which stretches from North Philly to East Falls.
October 23, 1986 |
If the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission had its way, Ralph C. Passio III, the accountant from South Philadelphia, would be the last elected Philadelphia sheriff. The commission voted 16-1 yesterday to ask that the 290-person sheriff's office be reformed and the sheriff be appointed by the mayor rather than elected. The vote means the commission, an advisory panel composed of nearly all major city officials involved in the criminal justice system and chaired by Mayor Goode, will ask City Council to put the matter to the voters.
April 4, 2012 |
CENTENNIAL, COLO. - A former Colorado sheriff known for his crusade against youth drug-use pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of trading methamphetamine for sex. Patrick Sullivan was sentenced to 38 days in jail, with credit for eight days already served, and two years of probation for felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of solicitation for prostitution. He must pay $1,100 in penalties. He was the sheriff in Arapahoe County from 1984 until 2002, when he resigned to become security director of the Cherry Creek School District.
July 31, 1986 |
A group of the city's top criminal justice officials yesterday tentatively endorsed a move to make the Philadelphia sheriff an appointed rather than elected position. The Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, which is composed of officials from city criminal justice agencies, voted 9-6 in favor of having future Philadelphia sheriffs selected by appointment rather than by election. The same group voted to suggest reorganizing rather than abolishing the sheriff's office, which has been the subject of investigations by the FBI and City Council into payments for car repairs from petty-cash funds and alleged improprieties involving sheriff's foreclosure sales.
March 7, 2011 |
Dozens of Democratic ward leaders, City Council members, labor leaders, clergy and political operatives turned out Monday in City Hall to bless state Rep. Jewell Williams's campaign for Philadelphia sheriff. Even Williams seemed a bit awed by the support. "In politics, you don't really get this kind of accolades until you're lying flat in a box," he joked. But the event was an unofficial requiem of sorts - for a City Council proposal setting up a public referendum on whether to abolish the sheriff as one of the city's independent elected officials.