Local sheriff finds new office trashed on first day on job

Sheriff finds office trashed on first day in office

WESTMORELAND CO., Pa. — Westmoreland County’s new sheriff said he found an unpleasant surprise on his first day: his office was trashed.

Sheriff James Albert said boxes filled with old arrest warrants blocked the door to his administrative suite, trash was scattered on floors and desks, and the former sheriff’s dirty uniforms were piled beneath a DVD of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

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But the outgoing sheriff said he didn’t do it.

Albert (D-New Alexandria) defeated two-term Republican Jonathan Held last fall, and he even said he had been rebuffed in efforts to tour the office prior to his term starting on Monday.

According to our news partners at The Trib, tensions between the old and new administrations had been boiling in the months leading up to November’s election. During the campaign, Albert called Held’s control of the department an “embarrassment.”

Watch the video above for reaction from the new sheriff.

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