Paulsen files as Democrat for sheriff nomination

Experience in department as patrol commander

May 01, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A former Carroll County sheriff's lieutenant has filed as a Democratic candidate for sheriff, the county's top elected law-enforcement post.

Charles C. "Chuck" Paulsen Jr., 43, who works in the county Office of Risk Management as a safety and training coordinator, left the Sheriff's Department last year as a second lieutenant and patrol commander after 12 years.

Paulsen said he was in charge of the patrol when his duties were reduced to a shift supervisor. His previous work in the Sheriff's Department included supervisory posts in courthouse security and the warrant unit.

"I would emphasize reorganization to make our tax dollars pay [and] for better law enforcement for the county," he said. The No. 1 issue is reducing drug abuse, especially heroin, he said.

The sheriff's office also must work smoothly with the Maryland State Police resident trooper program that provides the county's primary police protection, he said. The primary duties of the sheriff are to serve civil papers and warrants, to manage the Carroll County Detention Center and to provide courthouse security, he said.

"These are the mandated duties that the sheriff has," he said, as well as the patrol duties.

Paulsen said he would follow the practice of other sheriffs' departments and separate criminal and civil work.

A 1977 graduate of Westminster High School, Paulsen has lived in the county since he was 10 years old. He began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a Sykesville police officer, then worked at Springfield Hospital Center from 1984 until 1989, when he joined the Sheriff's Department.

Republican Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning has filed for re-election.

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