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Dayton Seeks GOP Nomination for Adams County Sheriff’s Race

(1/26) A second contender for the position of Adams County Sheriff has announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination.

Brian Dayton, 41, of Mount Joy Township, has formally announced his intention to run for the sheriff’s office.

During a recent interview, Dayton highlighted some improvements that he believes are critical for the law enforcement agency.

"We can do many things to increase the operational effectiveness of the Sheriff’s Office. For instance, we can improve our abilities to collaborate law enforcement efforts with other agencies here in the county by building strong partnerships with our local colleagues in law enforcement." Dayton said.

"And of course, we will do this while keeping in mind that the community is the most important stakeholder. It’s imperative that we foster strong, sustainable communities by providing services which give the greatest return on the taxpayers’ investment," added Dayton.

Dayton, a John Hopkins University graduate, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Executive Leadership. Although new to politics, Dayton is no stranger to law enforcement. He is a career law enforcement officer and is currently a Sergeant in the Baltimore Police Department.

"I am bringing more than 23 years of law enforcement experience to the Sheriff’s Office. During my career I have had the opportunity to work in patrol, specialized investigations and large scale operations where I supervised over 40 officers," Dayton said.

Dayton was first involved in law enforcement in 1988 when he became a Military Policeman for the United States Army. That experience confirmed Dayton’s future in law enforcement. Since then he has served the public as a uniformed patrol officer, as a Detective in criminal investigations, as a Sergeant,and as Sergeant in charge of a major metropolitan standards unit.

Dayton has gathered an extensive background in very specialized training, from both fugitive and narcotics investigations to terrorism and human trafficking.

"As Sheriff, job one on day one will be addressing the large volume of outstanding arrest warrants in Adams County. This is a serious public safety issue," said Dayton.

Dayton served for 11 years on the nationally acclaimed Warrant Apprehension Task Force, assisting his team in serving warrants on thousands of criminals, from minor offenders to dangerous murderers.

"During the first year of the unit’s creation we increased warrant service by 544.4%." Dayton said.

Dayton has been married for 19 years and has one son. He and his family have lived in Mount Joy Township since 2006. He belongs to American Legion Post 202 in Gettysburg and is a member of the National Rifle Association.  

To learn more about Brian Dayton visit or call 717-398-8144

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