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Sheriff seeks Republican nomination to keep position

A law enforcement official who wants to keep area residents safe while bringing improvements to his office is seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff in the spring primary.

Mark Lusk was first elected as Lycoming Sheriff in 2010.

“I have not lost the enthusiasm to help people,” he said. “I just get great satisfaction that my staff has been able to help people. We really emphasize in the office the need for public service.”

Lusk noted his 44 years of dedicated law enforcement, including service as Old Lycoming Township Police Chief and deputy coroner.

He referred to some of the major accomplishments of his office, which has included working with the U.S. Marshal Service in fighting crime. In the past several years under Lusk, 254 felony fugitive warrants and 2,290 state and local fugitive warrants were cleared.

“That’s a lot of people taken off the streets,” he said.

Among his goals is to further increase security for the District Judge offices around the county as well as at the courthouse, particularly for people serving on juries.

“We have always worked very hard to protect our jurors,” he said.

Lusk said he’s seeking re-election in hopes of continuing to serve the community.

He said he has not lost his enthusiasm for the job.

“Public service is a tough business. Ultimately, I enjoy helping people. I enjoy doing what I can do to help keep people safe,” he said.

Lusk said part of his responsibility is to ensure deputies in his office stand ready and respond to emergencies.

“I always take this approach that we are all in this together,” he said. “People like to feel safe.”

Lusk has been involved in a number of volunteer and community organizations including the Old Lycoming Township Vol. Fire Co. in various capacities including captain and assistant chief, Lycoming County Police Camp Cadet Board Member, Lycoming County Safe Schools Committee, Little League baseball coach and board member, and the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Commission.

He has been honored with numerous awards, among them: Police Officer of the Year, 1990; Community Service Award; Distinguished Public Service Award (Lycoming County commissioners); Distinguished Service Commendation, U.S. House of Representatives; Old Lycoming Township Police Department Exceptional Service Award for an arson fire conviction; YWCA Lycoming County Unsung Hero Award for Domestic Violence Prevention Initiatives and Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence; American Patriot Award; and Gov. Richard Thornburgh’s First Place Highway Safety Award.

Lusk resides in Jersey Shore.

He enjoys landscaping, gardening, Penn State Football, assisting fire departments and law enforcement agencies with various projects, and spending time with his grandchildren.

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