Wayne Emerick, 57 of Alum Bank will seek the Republican nomination for Bedford County Sheriff.

Emerick who currently resides in Alum Bank and is engaged to Patricia Baraniak, of Everett.

Emerick with a strong Christian faith, raised 4 children, son Wayne, Jacob, and Peter who he recently lost, and a daughter Paige.

I am also a proud Grandfather.

I am a lifetime resident of Bedford County and a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School.

Following graduation, Emerick served 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Combat veteran. During his enlistment he was meritoriously promoted and obtained the rank of Sergeant.

Emerick saw combat and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, along with a Navy Unit Citation,

and a Good Conduct Medal, while serving with the 1st Battalion 8th Marines. Emerick was also one of a few Marines selected to represent Princess Diana for the United States, at the Monte Carlo races in France.

Emerick is currently the Chief of Police for the Everett Borough Police Department, and has held that title for 30 years and has been a police officer for nearly 33 years. During his time as chief, Emerick’s responsibilities have included overseeing the budget, supervising and conducting in-depth criminal investigation, along with developing policy and procedures for the department, and working with Union contracts, and Labor Laws. Emerick has worked with the Bedford County Drug Taskforce, and over the years worked with the Pa. State Police Region 5 taskforce, and also the Pa. Attorney General’s drug taskforce.

I have had a strong working relationship with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department over the years, and have a strong understanding of the Sheriff Act, and the work responsibilities that go with the job as a Sheriff.  

Educational Background

: Municipal Police Law from (Indiana University of Pennsylvania).

: Police Executive training from (Penn State).

: National Incident Command Executive training, by (FEMA) 

: Criminal Investigation Course by (PA. State Police)

: Advanced Criminal Investigation by (National Criminal Justice )

: Advanced Practical Homicide by (Public Agency Training Council)

: Electronic Surveillance Certification by (PA. State Police)

: Crime Scene Evidence Technology Course by (Sirchie Laboratories)

: Advance Search and Seizure by (PA. District Attorney’s Institute)

: Criminal Intelligence Operations Course by (Pa. Crime Commission)

: Interview and Interrogation training by (Department of Justice)

: Firearms Identification and Tracing by (Bureau of A.T.F.)

: International Homicide Investigation by (Hocking College)

: Sexual Assault Crimes by (U.S. Department of Justice)

: Child Homicide & Abuse Investigation by (Pa. D.A. Institute)

: Clandestine Drug Investigations by (D.E.A.)

: Drug Prosecution by (Office of Attorney General)

: Traffic Patrol Drug Interdiction by (Institute For Law Enforcement)

: Advance Accident Vehicle Investigation by (N.W. Traffic Institute)  

: Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (H.A.C. College)

: And numerous other trainings

Emerick is a member with the following organizations.

: The Everett American Legion

: Veterans of Foreign Wars of Pleasantville 

: International Association of Chiefs of Police

: Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association  

: Pennsylvania District Attorney Association

: President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #98

: National Rifle Association

Community involvement,

: In the past I served 16 years as a volunteer fireman and held the rank of first lieutenant with the Alum Bank Fire Co.

: In the past I served 2 years with Chestnut Ridge Ambulance service.

: I was a past junior high assistant football coach for the Everett.

Goals as Sheriff: I want to work on the issue of job retention for the Sheriff Deputies. I want to stop the turnover of Deputies leaving for better paying jobs, due to the low pay. With my experience in labor law and negotiations, I feel I can help solve the issue of job retention, with a plan that would benefit the County taxpayers and the deputies.

As a current Police Chief, I feel there is a need for a drug dog to help out and assist, the State and Local Police in their fight against drugs and to help take back and make our County a safer place to live.

As a Sheriff, I want to become more involved with the drug taskforce.

With my 30 years of leading a police department as a chief, I feel I am the best candidate for the office of Sheriff. I have the most leadership experience and knowledge of both Criminal and Civil law and Labor Law. I have other initiatives that I would like to work on in time, such as in the area of community policing and by making myself available to the public.

I would like to ask for your support and appreciate your vote on May 21st.  Thank You.


  1. If I could vote…I am from Everett and an IUP alumni myself. However, I am now a Mississippi resident. I do still have family and friends in Bedford County. Best wishes.

  2. I will be voting for you Wayne , no question about it. And thank you for running. You are the right man for the job and the best one at that.

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