Portsmouth Police Chief Plans To Run For Sheriff

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The Portsmouth Ohio Police Chief hopes to soon have a new job title — Sheriff.

On Friday, Chief Charles Horner told Mayor David Malone he plans to retire by the end of the month.

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Horner says his plan now is to run for Scioto County Sheriff in 2012.

Chief Horner says that he wants to ramp up the great strides the city and county have made in fighting the pain pill problem. He also says he is frustrated with the “continuing challenges of an understaffed police department headquartered in an unsafe, outdated environment.“

As for the next police chief, Mayor Malone says he will advertise the job and go through the standard civil service hiring procedures.

Horner has been Chief for nearly 10 years and has been in law enforcement for 28 years.

Horner will face competition from the current Sheriff in 2012.

Marty Donini announced last week that he plans to run again. The announcement was made at the same time Donini announced he was retiring as Sheriff at the end of October, but was being appointed interim Sheriff until next year’s election.

He said all this this was done to save taxpayers money.