Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Jewell Williams confident Sheriff's Office will survive

State Rep. Jewell Williams, a North Philly Democrat expected to be elected sheriff today, said he is confident that the office will remain an independent elected office despite calls to fold its functions into other city agencies. Williams said the agency is important to "people who know the law and the state constitution."

Jewell Williams confident Sheriff's Office will survive

State Rep. Jewell Williams, a North Philly Democrat expected to be elected sheriff today, said he is confident that the office will remain an independent elected office despite calls to fold its functions into other city agencies.  Williams said the agency is important to "people who know the law and the state constitution."

The Sheriff's Office was rocked with scandal last year when it was reported that funds from sheriff's sales were not being properly tracked.  The office last month transferred $40 million to the city and state.  Barbara Deeley, the acting sheriff, replaced Sheriff John Green after he stepped down early.  Deeley is not running for the office.

"I think the office is going to be around a while," said Williams, who faces Republican Joshua West and Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala today. "What I'm going to do is make it more transparent and open to the public."

About this blog
Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
 Follow Chris on Twitter

Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
 Follow Jenny on Twitter.

Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
 Follow Sean on Twitter

PhillyClout Team
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected