SUNBURY — Robert J. Wolfe took office Friday as Northumberland County sheriff, succeeding Chad Reiner, who resigned.
The former chief deputy sheriff, who was sworn into office at the courthouse by President Judge William Wiest , said he was feeling excited and a bit overwhelmed..
“This is the one of the greatest honors of my life, and I will strive to do my best for the citizens of Northumberland County,” he said.
At noon Friday, Wolfe stood with his wife. ,and his 3-month-old grandson, Leon Herb, as Wiest asked him to raise his right hand and swear to uphold the duties of the sheriff’s office.
Wolfe, who was appointed chief deputy Jan. 8, is a 20-year veteran of the Shamokin Police Department, where he reached the rank of corporal before retiring in April 2009.
Since that time, he has worked in the sheriff’s office, but also had stints as a part-time police officer in Zerbe Township and as chief of police for New Berlin Borough in Union County.
Following the swearing in, Reiner presented Wolfe with a sheriff’s badge, then embraced him.
“I was honored to have promoted him two weeks ago. He’s the best person to step in as sheriff,” Reiner said.
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