On Saturday afternoon in Chesapeake Beach, Craig Kontra and his supporters gathered to launch his campaign with a Crab Feast Fundraiser at Abner’s Crab House. Supporters had a choice of afternoon or early evening for partaking of the feast. Along with the crabs, were hush puppies and door prizes. There were around 130 who took advantage of the 2-4 pm time and approximately 150 who came from 6-8 pm.
Craig Kontra has been employed as a deputy since 1988 and is an experienced investigator and patrol officer. He was three times Deputy of the Year and was Maryland Supervisor of the Year. He strongly believes in community-oriented policing and would work to create a strong working relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of the county.
Based on his 29 years in policing, working in warrants, narcotics and on patrol, he would like to address the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. He would institute a proactive check for outstanding warrants and other illicit behavior during routine traffic stops, and reorganize the drug unit to include a “Pill Unit”.
He sees the need to restructure the deputies by deploying them back in the field to mentor newer officers. The Sheriff’s Office currently has one supervisor for every two deputies. He would also shift the deputies from major roads to local neighborhoods to work with community groups and direct coverage to high-accident areas.
Asking why the fundraising was started in 2015, Craig said “We started early because we care. We want a victory in 2018 so we can fight the drug epidemic and get the deputies back in the neighborhoods and regain the trust of the county”. He also said there would be another fundraiser in September at the Elks in Prince Frederick with only 200 tickets being sold.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon