November 9, 2016
Ken Pingrey got rid of the “interim” before his sheriff’s title Tuesday night by defeating recently deceased challenger Bill Croghan with more than 68 percent of the Carroll County vote.
Pingrey, a Republican who previously served as chief deputy, was appointed by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in March after former Sheriff Doug Bass retired. Pingrey has handled the responsibilities of sheriff since he was appointed.
Croghan, a Democrat with more than 40 years of law-enforcement experience, passed away from lung cancer on Halloween.
“I wish what he went through never would have happened,” Pingrey said. “He was a good man and a great officer. I wish he’d had a long and happy retirement.”
Pingrey, 50, has worked in law enforcement for more than 26 years, 16 of which have been with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. He and his wife, Julie, have two sons enrolled in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He says his top priority is keeping drugs off the streets.
“Drugs are the scourge of our whole country,” he said. “Meth has been here for 15 or 20 years. We see it in health-care costs, people not working, thefts, you name it.”
Pingrey’s four-year term will technically begin when he’s sworn in Jan. 2. He said he couldn’t have done it without all the support he received.
“I want to thank every single person who helped in whatever way,” he said. “They believed in me, and I promise I’ll do the best job I possibly can.”