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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 14, 1986 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2003 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 9, 1986 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2015
RYAN BRIGGS' article on the city's vacant lot problem displayed little understanding of how the Sheriff's Office functions. He used outdated information to form erroneous conclusions. At no time did he call our office to obtain the facts. He assumed that the Sheriff's Office chooses the properties put up for foreclosure or tax sale. Properties are placed in sheriff's sales by the city for delinquent taxes or a mortgage lender seeking foreclosure. The sheriff is an arm of the court system who conducts the sales according to law and has no part in the selection process.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 23, 1986 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 31, 1986 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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NEWS
June 19, 2015
RYAN BRIGGS' article on the city's vacant lot problem displayed little understanding of how the Sheriff's Office functions. He used outdated information to form erroneous conclusions. At no time did he call our office to obtain the facts. He assumed that the Sheriff's Office chooses the properties put up for foreclosure or tax sale. Properties are placed in sheriff's sales by the city for delinquent taxes or a mortgage lender seeking foreclosure. The sheriff is an arm of the court system who conducts the sales according to law and has no part in the selection process.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph F. Tomasello, 61, of Cape May Court House, an Atlantic County sheriff's officer from 1980 to 2005, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, June 9, at home. Born in Hammonton, Mr. Tomasello graduated from Pleasantville High School and served in the Army in West Germany in the 1970s. He returned to duty in the New Jersey Army National Guard, where he was a supply sergeant in charge of weapons at the National Guard armory in Atlantic City, said his wife, Irene. Mr. Tomasello joined the National Guard in the late 1970s, his wife said, and retired in 2005, at the same time that he retired from the sheriff's office.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN HE'S NOT on duty at the Criminal Justice Center, Deputy Sheriff Mike Terry drives all over the city and suburbs, inviting thousands of cops and corrections officers to this weekend's Sgt. Robert Wilson III Memorial Basketball Tournament. Along the way, Terry honors his deep North Philly roots by giving out tournament tickets to kids on the street corners of his youth, and in GameStop stores, including the one, on Lehigh Avenue near 21st Street, where Wilson was shot dead in March while trying to stop an armed robbery.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One Philadelphia voter wanted Mickey Mouse on City Council, while another supported the rodent's longtime sweetheart, Minnie, for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Daffy Duck also got a nod for Council, along with Bozo the Clown. And Philly Jesus won votes for Council and Municipal Court judge. Philadelphia voters cast ballots for 41 electoral contests in last week's primary election. And 1,296 of them, unimpressed with their options, opted to write in candidates not on the ballot.
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
  After nearly a year on the job, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell J. Bono announced Monday that he will run for a full term in November. Bono, a Republican, was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett last March to fill out the remainder of Eileen Whalon Behr's four-year term. She resigned to lead the police department at Drexel University. At a news conference Monday, Bono, 67, said he would be "the kind of sheriff that our county demands - a full-time sheriff with a law enforcement background who understands the day-to-day demands of this department.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine-year-old Alex Collins sent his mother into the office of Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh in West Chester earlier this month for what he thought was the last step in applying to win a hunting and fishing trip with a sheriff. But there was a problem. The contest was for kids almost 600 miles away, at the sheriff's office in Chester County, South Carolina. "He was very upset when he realized it was the wrong Chester County," said Alex's mother, Leslie. The family saw the contest on the Chester County Sheriff's Office Facebook page and assumed it was the Pennsylvania county.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
An agreement has quietly been ironed out to shift the city courts' 47 "warrant officers" to the Sheriff's Office, and not everyone is happy about it. The warrant unit, created in 1972 to enforce court orders and encourage voluntary surrenders, tracks down criminal defendants and manages people under electronic monitoring. Its officers are firearms-trained and carry 9mm pistols. They can enter private property in their hunt for people who skip out on court appearances. It can be dangerous work.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams, elected in 2011 on promises of openness and accountability, has handed out 38 contracts, some to his political donors, without competitive bidding or other safeguards required by the City Charter. In two years, records show, the Sheriff's Office has signed contracts worth $1.2 million without formal bidding or city Finance and Law Department approval. Payments have come out of proceeds from one of the office's main duties: sheriff's sales. The charter says any contract over $32,000 - a limit adjusted for inflation every five years - must be competitively bid. Contracts under $32,000 must be for one-time services and can't be renewed.
FOOD
July 25, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Farm 51 was bustling on a Thursday in early July, as neighbors poured into the lush educational farm and market to load up on kale and collards, eggs in delicate shades of beige, cream, and blue, bunches of herbs, and jars of honey. "This is the annual flower show, right here," said Shelly Nieves, who stopped in to buy greens and left with an armful of gifts: a bouquet of flowers and three kinds of sage. It's hard to imagine that when Neal Santos and Andrew Olson moved to the 5100 block of Chester Avenue in West Philadelphia, this space - made up of two lots, one then city-owned, the other long abandoned - was a haven for crime and dumping.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
Philadelphians took a gamble when they elected a veteran legislator to serve as sheriff. But Jewell Williams, who was a state representative for 11 years, assured voters that he was not so steeped in local politics that he couldn't reform the agency. Unfortunately, Williams hasn't followed the rules instituted to address the poor accounting that plagued the Sheriff's Office under his predecessor, John Green, who retired in 2011 after an audit revealed millions in undocumented expenditures.
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