Col. Phil Kasten, chief deputy of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, announced his candidacy for sheriff in a news release Wednesday, nearly two weeks after Sheriff Ken Tregoning said he would not run for reelection in 2014.
Kasten, 39, becomes the second candidate to announce a run for sheriff after Chris Fiora, a former supervisory special agent for Homeland Security, announced his candidacy May 1.
Both candidates filed the appropriate candidates' paperwork Wednesday, according to the Carroll County Board of Elections.
In his current role with the Sheriff's Office, Kasten is responsible for the oversight of all police, corrections, and administrative operations, including a staff of 250 employees and a $16 million operating budget. He started as a deputy with the Sheriff's Office in 2000.
Kasten said he decided to run for Sheriff in part because he believes it is important to have continuity in the office to complete vision of advancing the Sheriff's Office to the county's primary law enforcement agency.
In a statement, he said his vision is to improve public safety and maintain Carroll's quality of life through the use of technology, training, expanded partnerships, and proper stewardship of tax dollars.
"It has been a privilege to work alongside the committed Sheriff's Office employees and volunteers in serving the public, courts and providing for the safekeeping of local offenders, and will be an even greater honor to serve them as Sheriff," he said.
Raised in Marriottsville, Kasten now lives in North Carroll with his wife and four children.
Kasten has served as a United States Marine, security supervisor at Oriole Park, Hampstead police officer and now with the Sheriff's Office. He holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is pursuing a master's in criminal justice with the University of Cincinnati.
"As Sheriff, my focus will be the continued development of all Sheriff's personnel coupled with implementation of community policing and corrections initiatives that will improve public safety and safeguard our constitutional guarantees," he said in a statement. "I am committed to enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhoods, schools and on our streets, while responsibly managing our fiscal resources in the best interest of officer and public safety."
Both candidates have launched websites for the campaign. They can be visited at www.philkasten.com and www.fioraforsheriff.com respectively.