L. Jesse Bane, a veteran of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, was sworn in yesterday as the agency's 80th sheriff, pledging a more progressive approach to policing and stronger involvement in the community.
"No longer will we police the county as we have always done in the past," Bane, 57, told the crowd.
A 33-year veteran of the agency, Bane jumped into the race looking to halt gang-related crime and internal strife.
In his speech, Bane pledged to hold town meetings and to use analysis of crime data to determine where deputies are most needed.
Bane also announced the formation of his leadership staff yesterday, appointing Gregory Carlevaro to the post of chief deputy. Carlevaro had filed an injunction against former Sheriff R. Thomas Golding over the summer, alleging that Golding had asked him to retire because of his affiliation with Bane, who was a candidate at the time.