Cops, Courts and Fire Elections

Bucks County Elects New Sheriff

Milt Warrell
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There’s going to be a new sheriff in town.

Retired Upper Southampton police Officer Milt Warrell, who currently works part-time patrolling Langhorne Manor and operates a plumbing business, beat out incumbent Sheriff Edward “Duke” Donnelly. Warrell is a Democrat and Donnelly is a Republican.

Democratic and Republican politicos in the county have whispered for weeks that Warrell could oust Donnelly, who has been the sheriff for roughly 15 years and previously was chief of police in Lower Southampton.

Donnelly’s oversight of the sheriff’s office was questioned by Warrell due to various scandals, investigations and other issues.

The outgoing sheriff oversaw the office as it was certified and also implemented a program where marked vehicles had his name painted on the side. In defense of the controversial move, Donnelly said his name was put on vehicles about a dozen years ago so residents knew who the sheriff was so they could contact him personally.

Warrell, who is known for his Falls Township Christmas light display, said he is going to work to help tackle the opioid epidemic and provide free firearms training course supported by the NRA for gun owners in the county, offer outreach programs for seniors and add mental health and wellness programs.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001