County work since 2000
Meanwhile, late Wednesday afternoon, Reiner said: “It’s been a wonderful ride,” referring to his 14 years working in the sheriff’s office. Reiner became sheriff in 2005 after serving as chief deputy from 2000 to 2004. His term would have been up in January 2016.
Cpl. Robert Wolfe, of the Northumberland County sheriff’s department, was appointed chief deputy on Wednesday.
“It’s sad to see him go because he was a friend, as well as a boss,” Wolfe said. “He hired me five years ago. He ran the office efficiently, and it will be sad to see him go. Chad let us do our jobs and oversaw everything. He was very loyal to his dog. As of right now, I was promoted to chief deputy. When he leaves on the 24th, I’ll be the acting sheriff.
“If there is anything the office staff could do to keep him here, we would,” Wolfe said. “We wish he would stay, but it’s his choice, his decision. He has to do what’s best for himself and his family.”
Added Bernadette Chaundy, a sheriff’s department staff member: “We’re really going to miss him. He was a wonderful boss, very caring about us.”
Union County Sheriff Ernest Ritter III said Wednesday he will miss working with Reiner.
“We’ve worked very closely together over the years,” Ritter said, specifically as K-9 officers and in bringing police dog work to other counties.
Deputies from Valley departments helped one another, Ritter said; most recently, the Union County sheriff’s department assisted with additional coverage during the preliminary hearings of alleged “Thrill Killers” Miranda and Elyett Barbour, accused in a Northumberland County murder.
Ritter and his K-9 named Justice, trained in bomb detection, swept Northumberland County Courthouse during a November bomb threat.
“I hope for the best for Chad and his future,” Ritter said. “He’s a fine officer and a good friend.”
Northumberland County Coroner Jim Kelley said, “I am sad to see him go. I wish him the best of luck in his future.”
Reiner said he was “proud of his accomplishments” as sheriff.
“I started the first ever canine program in the county,” he said, “and helped get millions of dollars of drugs off the street. I modernized the sheriff’s office, bringing it into the 21st century.”
Reiner, in an open letter to the citizens of Northumberland County, said, “It has been thoroughly enjoyable serving you ... and it is humbling to have received the support you have given.”
He also expressed his gratitude and appreciation “to the supervisors and employees of all local law enforcement agencies, local court officials, probation officials and members of the prison staff for the support they have given to the sheriff’s office throughout the years. Most importantly, I want to thank the sheriff’s deputies and administrative staff for their loyalty, dedication and hard work. Their individual and collective efforts have been, and remain, critical to the success of the sheriff’s office.”
Staff reporter Evamarie Socha contributed to this story.