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Two run for Dauphin County sheriff


chimientiphoto3 18 15Nick Chimienti

 timcarterphoto3 18 15Timothy Carter


A former Pennsylvania State Police trooper and a retired Harrisburg police detective are seeking their party’s nomination for Dauphin County Sheriff in the May 19 primary.


Nick Chimienti, a 27-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police, is running for the Republican nomination for sheriff. Chimienti spent his last seven years in the PSP in management, serving for six years as supervisor of the Troop H-Criminal Investigation Unit, and his final year supervising the PSP team at the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement at Hollywood Casino Penn National.


Timothy Carter, a retired police officer and Harrisburg Bureau of Police detective, is seeking the Democratic nomination. Carter, is a 27-year law enforcement professional and Steelton native.


Both hope to succeed Sheriff Jack Lotwick, who is retiring after five terms in office.


After retiring from PSP, Chimienti was deputized as a Court Security Officer by the U.S Marshal’s Service in 2012.  He serves the U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania, where he is responsible for the security of the courtroom, federal judges and their staff and the security of prisoners at the Federal Courthouse in Harrisburg.


“My management experience with the State Police and Courtroom responsibilities assisting the U.S. Marshal Service are parallel to the duties of Sheriff and have prepared me to continue my public service as Dauphin County Sheriff,” Chimienti said.


 Carter joined the Harrisburg Bureau of Police in 1987, assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division, and served as the city’s first community policing officer and first housing officer.


 He rose through the ranks to serve in various capacities, including an assignment to the vice unit as a K-9 handler. Promoted to detective in 2000, Carter specialized in investigating child abuse, juvenile gangs and violent crimes.