New Castle County Sheriff, Sam Pratcher, Jr., today announces his intention to run for election for the position in the 2018 election cycle. The date coincides with the date Sheriff Pratcher was administered the oath of office one year prior to today.
Pratcher was sworn into the position of New Castle County Sheriff after being appointed by Governor Jack Markell on December 23, 2016. Since that time, Pratcher has successfully employed his law enforcement experience and administrative skills to affect the overall enhancement of the delivery of services rendered by the office.
Pratcher’s continued goals for the office include:
- To proactively inform and educate New Castle County’s constituency of the processes and procedures related to foreclosures, and to provide crime prevention information through workshops;
- To continue to enhance technology to ensure ongoing efficiencies throughout the office;
- To enhance training for the administrative staff, as well as Department Deputies; and
- To improve equipment and technology available for all Deputy Sheriffs.
Prior to his appointment by former Governor Markell, Sheriff Pratcher established a proven track record of community service, which includes having served 26 years as a member of the Wilmington Police Department, including 4 years as the city’s Chief of Police. He is a military veteran of the Viet Nam war, having served honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat operations. He is a founding and active member of Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church since 1992; volunteers at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, which serves the homeless population; and assists with Habitat for Humanity when possible.
Sheriff Pratcher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management (both from Wilmington University) and believes that his combination of experience and education provides an excellent skill set for his continued effective and efficient management of the Office of the Sheriff.
“I look forward to my continued role in contributing to the efficient and effective management of the Office of New Castle County Sheriff, and engaging the community with regards to the function of the office,” said Pratcher. “I invite City of Wilmington and New Castle County voters to engage in my campaign for election and to confidently cast your vote in the 2018 election cycle to make me your choice for the position of Sheriff of New Castle County.”