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Somerset County sheriff seeking second term in office

January 12, 2019 GMT

Somerset County Sheriff Brad Cramer announced Friday his intention to seek a second term in office.

The 66-year-old Middlecreek Township Republican said it is an honor to serve as sheriff.

“I want to continue to provide the best service to our courts and to all those who depend on the sheriff’s office,” he said. “We need to be vigilant to make sure our constitutional rights are upheld and especially ones like those granted by the Second Amendment. I and my staff will continue to do just that.”

Cramer has more than 43 years of law enforcement experience in Somerset County. He served with the Somerset Borough Police Department for 36 years, including six as chief. He also worked for the Conemaugh Township Police Department and started with the sheriff’s office in 2009.


Cramer said he is proud of the technology advancements made in the office during his first term. He said reorganizing the sheriff’s posse and adding the K-9 search team to the office have benefited residents.

“I will also continue our Citizens Handgun Safety and Familiarization Course that has instructed hundreds of our citizens since it was first started,” he said.

Cramer said he is proud of the more than 300 years of law enforcement experience on his roster. There are 10 deputies in the office and three part-time vacancies.

“Hopefully, we can get those filled and get the staff to full strength,” he said.

Cramer attributes the success of the office to his deputies.

“The dedication those deputies have certainly benefits the office,” he said. “It benefits everybody in the county that has to rely on the sheriff’s office.”

A lifelong Somerset County resident, he is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association, NRA, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 98, New Centerville & Rural Volunteer Fire Co. and various other local organizations.

“I sincerely appreciate and am thankful for the support that I have received over the past four years and look forward to continuing our work during another term,” he said.

He is the first candidate to announce for the office.