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."