A former Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant with 35 years of Law Enforcement service was named as the Democratic Candidate for Wayne County Sheriff.

A former Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant with 35 years of Law Enforcement service was named as the Democratic Candidate for Wayne County Sheriff.

Michael O’Day of Honesdale was one of two candidates who interviewed for the opportunity to face Mark Steelman, the Republican nominee, in November.

According to Wayne County Democratic Chairman, Mark Graziadio, “the interview process conducted by members of the Executive Committee Thursday evening was very thorough and we were fortunate to have two excellent candidates.”

O’Day is currently a Criminal Justice Curriculum instructor for Lackawanna College, a consultant for the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and a Pennsylvania State Certified Fire Investigator. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University; is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and has successfully completed numerous training and continuing educational programs and certifications.

According to Graziadio, “Mike O’Day is the ideal candidate for the people of Wayne County. During the 20 years that he worked here providing us with law enforcement, he got to know the area, the people and has witnessed — first hand — the changes and evolution of the region. From his fiscal responsibility to extensive knowledge of law enforcement and what the position of a County Sheriff in the Commonwealth entails, we are very pleased to have him on the ballot for the November 3rd election.”

Through the years, O’Day has worked with local and State Police forces, fire companies and emergency services agencies and prepared operational plans for visiting dignitaries such as former Presidents, Presidential Candidates and the Prime Minister of Ireland. He has received numerous letters of commendation and appreciation — some from former Lackawanna and Wayne County District Attorneys who now serve as Judges - and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).  His management experience includes supervising as many as 40 Troopers, Corporals and civilian employees while he served at Gibson Station and Dunmore Headquarters.

In accepting the nomination O’Day said, “I am honored to receive the endorsement and nomination of the Democratic Committee. We will run a campaign everyone can be proud of and if elected will carry the core values of Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage and Duty to the office of Wayne County Sheriff. I look forward to travelling around Wayne County, meeting people, renewing old friendships and acquaintances and letting people get to know Mike O’Day and the kind of Sheriff I will be.”

After the passing of former county sheriff Charles Morelli in March, the county Democratic and Republican committees were informed that they would be required by state law to pick one candidate to represent the parties for the November 3 election. The newly elected sheriff will serve out the remainder of Morelli’s term, and be up for election in 2011.