MIDLAND — My name is Craig Robertson and I am a lieutenant with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. I am seeking the office of sheriff for Allegany County as a Republican candidate.

If elected to the office, I will continue to maintain the professional operation of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office that is presently intact. I will continue to work side by side with the Maryland State Police, Cumberland City Police, Bureau of Police and Frostburg City Police, along with our state and federal prisons, as I have done over the past years. I will also continue the strong partnership with your local fire departments, especially the Allegany County Fire Police that exist today. They are the heartbeat of the communities where we live.

As sheriff I will operate a safe and secure detention center and provide adequate court security in protection of our judicial system. I will continue to strive in the timely service of court process to ensure the citizens are informed and given due process in the courts. I will work hard in conjunction with the other state and county government offices to better serve the citizens.

The office of sheriff is an ever changing one, as the citizens of Allegany County have found over recent years. With 31 years of experience in law enforcement, I am ready and qualified to handle what the citizens of our county expect from their sheriff. I have worked over these years in all facets of the department — from corrections to process to patrol division enforcement. The door to the office, if elected, will be open for suggestions and assistance from the citizens.

I graduated from Valley High School in 1978 and obtained an associate in arts degree in criminal justice from Allegany Community College in 1981. During my time in college, I was employed as a cadet by Sheriff Donald Wade with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and later held positions of communications officer and civil process server.

In 1983, I was hired as a full-time police officer with the Cumberland City Police De-partment. During my employment there, I served as a patrolman and was later assigned to the Criminal Investigative Unit as a detective.

In 1990, I was hired to a full-time position at the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office as a detective. One of my first assignments was the investigation into the escape of two fugitives from our detention facility. Utilizing the popular TV show “Unsolved Mysteries,” the escapees were located in Canada and brought back to Allegany County to stand trial. During my employment there, I became one of the original investigators assigned to the newly organized Combined County Criminal Investigation Unit, C3I. In 1998, I was promoted to lieutenant in charge of the second shift patrol and later was reassigned to operations supervisor of the department, a position that I currently hold. I am responsible for the daily operations of the department.

During my law enforcement career, I have been assigned as lead investigator in several high-profile cases ranging from murder cases to minor misdemeanors. I have continued my training throughout the years, graduating in 2000 from the FBI National Academy 201st session, the FBI Hostage Negotiator School and Harvard Associates in Political Science Death Investigations to name a few. I have been an academic police instructor with the Maryland Police Training Commission for over 20 years.

I am a life resident of Allegany County and reside in Midland with my wife, Cerena. I have three children: Stephanie, Erica and Sarah. I enjoy spending time with my family and community.

Please contact me with any questions or to help with my campaign at cc19405@verizon. net or call 301-463-5099.

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