Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Bono confirmed as Montco sheriff

HARRISBURG Retirement lasted barely more than a year for former Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono, whom the State Senate confirmed Tuesday as the next Montgomery County sheriff. He is expected to be sworn in to the office Wednesday.

"I still have a smile in my face that hasn't worn off yet," Bono, 67, said from the Harrisburg office of State Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery), who also leads the county Republican Party. "I'm anxious to get to work."

The previous sheriff, Eileen Behr, quit in January to become the director of police operations at Drexel University.

Bono, who spent 42 years with the Norristown Police Department before retiring in February 2013, said that a couple of friends called to ask if he would be interested in succeeding Behr after she gave notice she was leaving.

Vereb called Bono "a man filled with integrity."

Longtime veteran Capt. Gregory L. Womelsdorf has been serving as acting sheriff since Behr left.

- Carolyn Davis

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