Sheriff's job draws interest from 5 potential candidates

Paying a salary of nearly $120,000 a year, it's no wonder that the job of Philadelphia sheriff is of interest to at least five potential candidates considering a run in the May primary election.

Among them, as noted in today's Inquirer story, about the unexpected Dec. 31 retirement of Sheriff John D. Green, are North Philadelphia state Rep. Jewell Williams (D); John Kromer, a former Philadelphia housing official; and Rodney Little of the Fraternal Order of Housing Police.

Also in the mix is former Philadelphia Police Capt. Alan Kurtz, who oversaw the K-9 and mounted units. He held his first fundraiser back in late July. 

And finally, there is Devon Cade, chief executive officer for Philadelphia Teen Court and a Philadelphia school district adviser who ran for state representative in 2006.

Cade is running on a platform of having the sheriff's office open and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in part by sending deputies out to patrol high-crime neighborhoods.

Contrast that with Kromer's campaign promise - to abolish the sheriff's office once and for all.

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