York County GOP stands by sheriff amid security backlash

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

The York County Republican Committee is standing by incumbent Sheriff Richard Keuerleber amid public backlash against his selective security enforcement at the courthouse.

"The sheriff made a statement. I think that covered it," said Jeff Piccola, chairman of the York County GOP.

Keuerleber, the Republican nominee for sheriff and the committee's endorsed candidate, is facing criticism for allowing United Fiber & Data CEO Bill Hynes to park in the secure basement lot at the York County Judicial Center for his protection from abuse order hearing on July 15.

In a statement released July 24, the sheriff's department stated that Hynes was escorted by department personnel at all times when he wasn't in a publicly accessible area and that he didn't pose a threat to anyone.

But the York County Board of Commissioners and Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock both released public statements condemning the sheriff's action. Two members of the county board — Susan Byrnes and Chris Reilly — are Republicans. 

There hasn't been any talk of concern among the Republican committee members about the situation, Piccola said.

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Shane Becker, (R) candidate for York County Sheriff, takes part in the York Stands Up bipartisan countywide candidates forum in the Weinstock Lecture Hall inside the Willman Business Center at York College, Monday, May 6, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Shane Becker, who narrowly lost the Republican nomination for sheriff in May, is running in the general election as the Democratic nominee after a successful primary write-in campaign.

As a rule, the Democratic Party of York County doesn't endorse candidates who are registered Republicans, said Chad Baker, party chairman.

But Baker said the Democratic party is not actively opposing Becker's candidacy, either.

"Given the incumbents  recent issues regarding lack of common sense security at the Courthouse, Mr. Becker clearly seems to be the better choice of the two," Baker said in an email Friday. "He certainly demonstrated strong support on both sides of the aisle during the primary."

York County seems ready for a change in the sheriff's office, Baker said.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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