Carroll sheriff, orphans' court Sun endorsements: Tregoning in GOP sheriff primary

incumbents Utz, Haines and Selby for judges.

September 09, 1998

IN TWO terms as Carroll County sheriff, Republican John H. Brown has certainly raised the public profile of the office.

But his flamboyant gamesmanship and showmanship are dismaying, eroding public confidence in the office.

It's one thing for Mr. Brown to vigorously lobby the tight-fisted county commissioners for a badly needed jail addition. It's another for him to delay the project, and its funding, with objections to design and location.

The sheriff talks tough about drugs, but pulls in and out of enforcement efforts. He quit the county task force, disbanded his drug strike team and withdrew his drug-sniffing dog from school grounds' searches, claiming his office was understaffed (shortly after getting 12 additional officers).

He flouted the law in trying to erect a "tent city" to house overflow inmates in the detention center yard, in the process irritating public officials with whom he must cooperate. Mr. Brown's own refusal to obey "no smoking" signs in county buildings is another example of his deliberately contrary manner.

Kenneth Tregoning, a state police lieutenant with 30 years in law enforcement, faces Mr. Brown for the second time.

Four years ago, Mr. Tregoning lost as the Democratic nominee. This time, he is running as a Republican candidate.

Mr. Tregoning doesn't propose shrinking the sheriff's duties. He would resume cooperative county drug enforcement teams, and favors expanded home-detention programs as a cost-effective alternative to incarceration.

He promises more responsible, professional management of the office, and displays a personality better suited to working with nTC other officials. Mr. Tregoning's experience as commander of the State Police barracks in Frederick County, and previously in Westminster, would be an advantage.

The Sun endorses Mr. Tregoning in the Republican primary. Merwin L. Spiwak is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

The incumbent state's attorney for Carroll County, Jerry F. Barnes, is unopposed in the Republican primary. No Democrat has filed for the office.

In the Republican primary for judges of the Orphans' Court, the three incumbents have earned renomination. The part-time office, which reviews wills and estates and settles factual disputes, does not require a law degree.

Dorothy V. Utz, chief judge of the three-person panel, was in 1994 the first woman elected to the Carroll office; she's an officer in the state judges' organization. Veterans Walter T. Haines Jr., who has served four terms, and Albert W. Selby, with three terms, bring valuable knowledge and experience to the office.

Tomorrow: Carroll County Board of Education

Carroll County sheriff, Orphans' Court

Sheriff: Republicans are John H. Brown and Kenneth Tregoning. Democrat Mervin L. Spiwak is unopposed; Salary: $37,500; Term: four years.

Orphans' Court: Republicans are John David Carbaugh, V. David Grayson, Walter T. Haines Jr., James Earl Kraft, Raymond B. Pool, Herbert J. Reisig, Albert W. Selby and Dorothy V. Utz. Democrat Elmer C. Lippy Jr. is unopposed; Salary: $10,000; Term: four years.

Data: 1994 primary turnout: 40% of Democrats, 44% of Republicans.

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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