Sensabaugh won't run for sheriff's post again

February 08, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Former Carroll Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh said last night that he will not run again for sheriff, but may campaign for another office.

"I won't say no to the possibility of another elected position" in this year's elections, he said after a Carroll County Democratic Club meeting at Frisco Family Pub in Westminster. About 35 people attended the meeting.

Mr. Sensabaugh, a Democrat who lost his bid for a third term as sheriff in 1990 by 227 votes to Republican John H. Brown, announced he would support First Lt. Kenneth L. Tregoning, a former commander of the Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster, for sheriff.

Lieutenant Tregoning, a Union Bridge Democrat, announced in November that he would run for the office. He said last night that he does not have to retire from the state police unless he wins. He is commander of the Golden Ring barracks in eastern Baltimore County.

He commanded the Westminster barracks from 1989 to 1992.

Mr. Sensabaugh, 66, of Westminster said he could not run again for sheriff unless changes were made in the county police system.

He supports forming a county police force to replace the state police Resident Trooper program, which has more than 40 officers in Carroll. Mr. Sensabaugh said Carroll should have its own 24-hour police force. The county does not know how long the state will continue to allow the Resident Trooper program to operate, he said.

Mr. Sensabaugh retired as a state trooper in 1981. He commanded the Glen Burnie and Frederick barracks and was assistant commander at the Westminster barracks during his career.

Asked if he supported a countywide police force, Lieutenant Tregoning, 49, said he is a state police employee and would continue to support the Resident Trooper program as the county's primary law enforcement agency.

The 26-year veteran law officer said one focus of his campaign would be his many years of experience. He said he also would focus on Sheriff Brown's record.

"I am committed to this job. I know I can do a much better job than the incumbent. That is not necessarily a criticism of that individual," he said.

Lieutenant Tregoning said he is conservative, but "not narrow-minded" in his views on law enforcement.

Sheriff Brown, a former investigator for the public defender's office and a 25-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police, could not be reached for comment last night.

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