Lebanon City Police Department Sergeant Jeffrie C. Marley, Jr., is seeking the Republican nomination for Lebanon County Sheriff in 2021. The post has been held since 2013 by Republican Bruce E. Klingler. 

Sheriff Klingler confirmed that he will not seek re-election after his second four-year term ends in 2021.

Marley, 49, has been with the LPD since 1996, and currently oversees a patrol platoon. He has been a police officer for over 26 years, and involved in the volunteer fire and rescue services for 33 years.

Jeffrie C. Marley, Jr. (Provided photo)

During his tenure with the department, Marley has served as crime prevention officer, drug task force officer, field training officer, department training officer, and detective and team leader on the emergency service unit.

In a news release, Marley said that his focus if elected “will be to continue to foster and build partnerships with the various law enforcement and county agencies for the benefit of Lebanon County and its residents.”

Marley is a Lebanon County native and a graduate of Cedar Crest High School, Kutztown University, Harrisburg Area Community College Municipal Police Academy, and Penn State’s Advanced Police Executive School. He and his wife reside in South Lebanon Township with their three daughters.

He is the first candidate to announce his intention to run for sheriff next year.

Each Pennsylvania county elects a sheriff every four years. Sheriffs and their deputies provide courthouse security, serve warrants and legal papers, transport prisoners, and have limited law enforcement and arrest powers.

The Lebanon County Sheriff’s office employs 19 full-time and two part-time deputies. The sheriff’s 2021 salary will be $65,304. 

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Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...


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