He's the second candidate to enter the race.
Colonel Phil Kasten has cast his hat into the ring for Carroll County Sheriff in next year's election. Kasten is currently the Chief Deputy with the Sheriff's Office, responsible for the oversight of all police, corrections and administrative operations. The department has 250 employees and a $16-million operating budget.
Colonel Kasten says he has extensive experience in law enforcement, including his years with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. "My role with the Sheriff's Office, having progressed through the ranks, and my recent appointment as Chief Deputy, I'm uniquely familiar with the office, its operations, and the needs; and look forward to continuing to implement our strategic plan and advance the office in public safety here in Carroll County for the benefits of our residents, officers and public safety," he says.
Kasten's announcement that he will be running for Sheriff comes two weeks after incumbent Sheriff Ken Tregoning said he was not seeking another term in office in 2014. The only other candidate for Carroll County Sheriff is Chris Fiora, a former supervisory special agent for the US Department of Homeland Security, who announced his intention to run on May 1st.
Colonel Kasten also says if he's elected, he will work to improve public safety and maintain the county's quality of life. "And it's important in my candidacy to insure, as Sheriff, that we continue that process through the development of all of our personnel, continued partnerships or expanded partnerships, not only with our public safety and local government partners, but also residents, civic organizations and neighborhood associations and community groups to help us maintain that quality of life," he says.
Colonel Kasten joined the Sheriff's Office in 2000. He also served as in the Marine Corps, and was security supervisor at Oriole Park at Camden Yard. He begin his police career with the Hampstead Police Department.
He was raised in Marriottsville, and lives in North Carroll with his wife, Kay, and the couple's four children.
His website is www.philkasten.com.
The website for Chris Fiora is www.fioraforsheriff.com.