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L. Jesse Bane Assumes Command as Sheriff of Harford County

(Bel Air, MD – December 5, 2006) — L. Jesse Bane will assume command of the Harford County Sheriff's Office later today when he takes the oath of office in a public ceremony at the Court House in Bel Air. Sheriff Bane will serve as the 80th Sheriff of Harford County in the 232 year history of the Sheriff’s Office. The inauguration of Sheriff Bane is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Sheriff Bane, 54, has been a resident of Harford County since 1954 and attended Harford County Public Schools, graduating from Bel Air High School in 1966. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled at the University of Maryland in College Park and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a minor in psychology. In 1978 he graduated from the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville.

Sheriff Bane began his career with the Harford County Sheriff's Office in 1972 when he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff by former Sheriff William Kunkle. He served for 33 years including four years as Under Sheriff during the late 1980’s to Sheriff Dominic Mele. Sheriff Bane retired from active service with the Sheriff‘s Office on July 1, 2006 so he could pursue his campaign to seek election to the highest law enforcement office in the county.

During his illustrious career, Sheriff Bane obtained many significant accomplishments including achieving certification of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Training Academy by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission; served as chair of the committee to establish the 9-1-1 Emergency Number System for Harford County and later authored the operating plan; served as chair of the committee to establish the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force; established the Harford County Sheriff's Office Child Support Enforcement Unit; chaired the committee to establish the Harford County Emergency Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and Assault; and coordinated the Harford County Sheriff's Office Christmas Drive for more than 20 years.

In addition to his duties and responsibilities with the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Bane has been active in the community for many years. He is currently President of the Board of Directors for the Harford County Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC); Chair of the Fallston Community Council; Chair of the Harford County Delinquency Prevention Policy Board; Chair, Project Lift Initiative, United Way of Central Maryland; member of the Mental health and Addictions Advisory Board; member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce; member of the Greater Fallston Association; member of the board, Harford County Partnership for Families and member of the Harford County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #31.

Past memberships and involvement includes, Past President and charter member, Maryland Crime Prevention Association; Past President, Harford County Kiwanis; Past President, the ARC of Northern Chesapeake Region; and member, Governor’s Commission on Missing and Exploited Children under Governor Harry Hughes.

Sheriff Bane has established several priorities for his administration, which include but are not limited to, combating gangs and gang violence; curbing drugs and substance abuse throughout the county; reducing juvenile crime; protecting children and families from violence and targeting aggressive and drunk drivers.

Sheriff Bane and his wife of 32 years Lou Ann reside in the Upper Crossroads area of Harford County.