Charwin Reichelderfer of Bedford, a Republican, is announcing today that he will be seeking a seat on the board of the County Commissioner’s Office in the spring primary election on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Reichelderfer, who is our current Bedford County Sheriff will not be seeking another term for Sheriff.  He feels that it is time for him to step down and let someone else bring in their perspective to run the sheriff’s office. He will finish his third term as Sheriff at the end of this year.

Reichelderfer feels that he would be an asset to the County Commissioner’s Office.  He has extensive supervisory skills in making day to day decisions.  He is familiar with budgeting as he has dealt with that for approximately thirty-five years in which he served in a supervisory capacity.  He feels that he has the experience and is capable of making things work. 

He has proven that he is capable of making hard and quick decisions that will be beneficial for the citizens of Bedford County. One example being that he stepped up and took over operations for eleven months while the Prison Board was searching for a new warden for the Bedford County Prison.  When the entire administrative staff resigned from the prison, Reichelderfer again stepped in and was able to restructure the administrative staff within three days which still functions well to this day. In the eleven years so far of being your sheriff, he has maintained a very conservative budget despite many unexpected jury trials and emergency incidences. 

In representing the citizens of Bedford County as a County Commissioner, he would like to see the citizens have better access to the Commissioners.  He would also like to see that decisions are made in a more timely manner and not put off items that need to be addressed.

Reichelderfer states, “After years of observing our county government, I believe it is time to step up, take the bull by the horns and work as a team in leading this County back to one that we can all be proud of.  With four years in the Navy and forty-four years in law enforcement not much scares me, but, seeing where our County is headed does.  I have the management skills and law enforcement experience to lead Bedford County and I’m ready to take on the responsibility.  It’s time for a no nonsense Commissioner with no hidden agenda, no games to play, no axe to grind.  A Commissioner that has only the good of our County in mind.  That’s me and that’s why I have decided to run.”

Reichelderfer,68, is a Bedford County native who grew up in Everett until the age of eight when his family moved to Bedford.  Reichelderfer graduated from Bedford High School.  He is a Veteran of both the U.S.Navy and the Pennsylvania National Guard.  He was honorably discharged from both.  During his career in the U.S.Navy, Reichelderfer was awarded two letters of commendation.

Soon after his discharge from the Navy, he met his future wife, Barbara Harclerode.  They married in September 1974 and she moved into his family home with him where they still reside today.  Barbara is also a Bedford County native.

Reichelderfer and his wife, Barbara, celebrated 44 years of marriage last year.  They have one son, John, 42, who lives near Rainsburg.  Completing their family are two black lab mix dogs who previously were in abusive situations.

Reichelderfer started his career in law enforcement in 1974 in which he was employed by the Bedford Police Department.  He began as a patrolman and worked his way up until he became the police chief. 

In 2007, he decided to run for Bedford County Sheriff.  He successfully won the election and ended his career with the Bedford Police Department after being employed there for 33 years.  At the end of December of this year, he will have represented the people of this county as their chosen Bedford County Sheriff for twelve years and a total of over 45 years of serving them in law enforcement.

During his career in law enforcement, Reichelderfer has received approximately a dozen police commendations.  He also was awarded the Bedford Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Law Officer Of The Year Award in his early years.

Reichelderfer is a long standing member of the Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #98, the National Rifle Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, and the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association.

He was one of the original members for Bedford’s Fourth of July Fireworks Committee, an original organizing member in what became Your Safe Haven, an original member of the Sunday night Fort Bedford Dance Committee, a police liason with the Fall Foliage Committee for approximately 28 years, co-ordinated law enforcement for all of the Bedford parades for approximately 28 years, and an original member of the start up committee for Camp Cadet.  He is currently the chairman for the Bedford County Prison Board and a board member for Old Bedford Village.

Reichelderfer’s entire career has been in helping other people – the residents of Bedford Borough and Bedford County.  Bedford has always been his home, it’s where he lives, it’s where he works, always has been and always will be.  This town and the county matters to him and so does the people who live there! He’s interested in making this county a better place for all of us to live in including himself and his family.

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