What do sheriff candidates have to say about the top issue they believe faces their county?
Delmarva Now/The Daily Times in Salisbury sent questionnaires to each of the candidates seeking county sheriff’s post in Worcester and Somerset counties. In Wicomico County, Sheriff Mike Lewis is unopposed.
Included were basic biographical questions, as well as opportunities to list websites and social media accounts so voters can learn beyond just answers to the questions we asked. Responses were limited to 500 characters — the equivalent of more than two tweets. Responses are published unedited.
The questionnaire was sent in mid-June, and follow-ups were made with those who hadn’t responded. Those who didn’t answer by June 29 are listed below as “Did not respond.”
Below, you will find biographical information followed by Q&A responses:
Who is running
All candidates are Republican.
Jeffrey C. Buhrt
Did not respond.
Occupation: Sheriff of Worcester County
Marion Lee Brumley
Did not respond.
Occupation: Sheriff, Somerset County
What makes you the best candidate for this office?
Crisafulli: My administration has worked systematically to foster strong partnerships with our allied agencies and community partners. I lead with an open mind and demonstrate flexibility in rapidly changing environments. I will always lead with a compassionate vision for all of our county residents and visitors. I believe that this style of work brings people together. I believe that I have the right temperament to lead our Sheriff’s Office for years to come. Morale is up! Need to keep it going!
Howard: I have worked in law enforcement for over 39 years. I have the necessary experience and am passionate about serving and protecting the citizens of Somerset County. My wife and I are lifelong Somerset County residents and raised our children here. The Sheriff’s Office has made significant strides since I was first elected Sheriff in 2014, and with your support, I will make sure we continue to grow and provide exceptional service to our citizens.
What is the top issue facing this office, and what are your plans to address it?
Crisafulli: Recruitment and retention is a national issue in law enforcement. I will work with our county commissioners to seek better pay for our deputies. We must be competitive in todays market, with national shortages in manpower.
Howard: Somerset County has many important issues, but If I had to choose just one, it would be the safety of our schools and children. School safety has always been and continues to be a priority for me. I established the School Resource Officer Program at the Sheriff’s Office and am working diligently with the County Commissioners and the Board of Education to expand the program to include SROs in all Somerset County Schools.
What steps would you take to increase transparency in your office?
Crisafulli: I firmly believe that transparency is critical for trust and growth. I believe that we are always growing and will always be transparent with the residents that we graciously serve.
Howard: I have always had an open-door policy. I welcome all residents to meet with me or call me if they have concerns. I established the Citizen’s Police Academy to allow residents to learn the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. In 2022, with input from the community, my team and I completed a Strategic Plan for the Sheriff’s Office. I plan to share this with the community so that they understand the direction I would like to take the Sheriff’s Office.