Bono nominated for Montgomery County sheriff
NORRISTOWN Retired Norristown Police Chief Russell J. Bono is poised to become the next Montgomery County sheriff.
The Montgomery County Republican Committee unanimously decided Wednesday to nominate Bono for the position. Its recommendation was sent to Gov. Corbett, who must sign off on it and send it to the state Senate, where the nomination will need to be confirmed by a majority vote.
"The recommendation has come before the governor, and he will make a final decision in the near future," a spokesman for Corbett said Friday.
Eileen Whalon Behr last month announced her resignation as sheriff to become the top cop at Drexel University. State law requires candidates for vacancies in row offices to be nominated by the party of the person leaving the position.
"Chief Bono has an extensive and distinguished career in law enforcement," county GOP committee chairman State Rep. Mike Vereb said on the party's Facebook page. "His record as chief in Norristown was filled with many accomplishments, and he will bring the highest degree of professionalism and integrity to the position."
Several people were interested in becoming sheriff, Vereb said.
Bono was with the Norristown Police Department for 42 years, the last 15 as police chief, before retiring in February. "He was a guy who did not jump to conclusions. He made very rational, reasoned decisions," said Republican County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr., who was part of the GOP search committee. - Carolyn Davis and Jessica Parks