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James F. Fitzgerald (D)

James F. Fitzgerald

Office Sought: Howard County Sheriff
Age: 59
Residence: Dorsey Hall, Ellicott City.
Education: Some college, Catonsville Community College, University of Maryland University College.
Occupation: Howard County police detective corporal.
Web site: None given.
E-mail address: wwwjfitz4sheriff@aol.com

Elected offices/civic activities:

President, Howard County Police Officers Association/FOP Lodge 21.

Why should voters elect you?

"Introduce 21st-century technology, enchance professional relationships within the law enforcement community and improve morale within the office. I will be an active full-time sheriff."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Addressing the growing problem of domestic violence within our community must be a priority at the Sheriff's Office. Legislation must be created for the Howard County sheriff to mirror the action of the Prince George's sheriff by responding to actual domestic-violence incidents, rendering aid, on-site arrest of the suspect and enforcement of the family and domestic violence laws.The Sheriff's Office must have immediate oversight to protect the victim/family and ensure that the suspect is removed from the home and brought before the court for the protection of all domestic-violence victims. Follow-up investigation is imperative for all parties."

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