Former police chief announces bid for county sheriff
Daniel Strailey seeks to draw on his vast law enforcement experience and background to serve as the sheriff of Lycoming County.
He is seeking the Republican nomination for the position in the spring primary.
Strailey, a former police chief for Montoursville Borough Police Department, has worked in many law enforcement positions.
The Montoursville resident presently serves as chief deputy of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office as well as a part-time 911 dispatcher for Clinton County Department of Emergency Services.
“I have done everything as far as tasks go with the sheriff’s office,” he said.
Strailey said running for sheriff is something he has considered for quite some time.
“I was actually approached by a few people to run,” he said.
He said he has no agenda or particular goals in mind.
“If elected, I will evaluate the office and see if there are any changes needed or if things need to be run more efficiently,” he said.
Strailey started his law enforcement career in 1979 as a part-time officer with the DuBoistown Police Department while working full time at the Lycoming County Communications Center as a telecommunications/supervisor.
He later worked for Montgomery and Muncy Township police departments and later for the Montoursville department where he attained the rank of chief and retired after 26 years of duty.
During his time in Montoursville, Strailey established, with the help of his family, the Montoursville DARE Street Fair and participated in the Fall Festival.
“While employed at Montgomery and Montoursville Police, I assisted Lycoming County Juvenile Probation in establishing the respective Youth Commissions,” he said.
Upon retirement, Strailey served as a part-time officer in DuBoistown, a human resource officer with the East Lycoming School District, and as a deputy with the Lycoming county Sheriff’s Office.
Strailey is a graduate of the Allentown Police Department, Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Academy, Virginia State Police DARE instructor program, National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) basic and advanced school resource officer program, Municipal Police Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) basic and advanced instructor develop program, Police Supervisory Training (POSIT), Police Executive Training (POLEX) at Penn State.
Strailey has served as an instructor with Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy, Mansfield University Police Academy, and the Pennsylvania State Sheriff’s Academy.
He has been a member of the executive board of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, a member of the legislative committee of that organization and a life member and previous secretary of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
He is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association and the Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Susquehanna Valley FOP Lodge 52, the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police.
In 1991, Strailey was named Williamsport Exchange Club’s Police Officer of the Year for Lycoming County.
He is a two-time past president of the Pennsylvania D.A.R.E. Officers Association and was named Pennsylvania D.A.R.E. Officer of the year in 2001.
He has served as a counselor, camp director and presenter with the Lycoming County Police Camp Cadet program.
Strailey served as the Law Enforcement Sub Committee chair of the Northcentral Task Force and continues to be a member of that sub-committee.
He is a past member of the Nisbet, DuBoistown and Montoursville fire departments, and is presently a member of the Loyalsock Township Fire Department with focus on the Incident Management Unit.
He is a member of and attends the First United Methodist Church Muncy and also attends LCBC Church (Lives Changed by Christ) online. Strailey is a graduate of South Williamsport Area High School, class of 1977.