Cambria County Sheriff Bob Kolar secured his sixth term in office Tuesday, running unopposed on ballots countywide.
Kolar had earned more than twice the number of votes as his Democratic challenger, Adams Township police Chief Kirk Moss, in the May primary – results that showed “the voters are more interested in qualifications and experience,” the sheriff said Tuesday night.
Kolar, 72, was elected to the position in 1997 and took office in January 1998.
High training standards for deputies and continued efforts to improve security at the Cambria County Courthouse, along with a partnership his department formed with the U.S. Marshals Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force, were initiatives on which Kolar said he wanted to follow through by seeking another term.
During his last term, Kolar’s office was able to assign a full-time deputy to the state U.S. Marshals task force, which focuses on locating fugitives from justice – those who have been convicted of or suspected of violent crimes but have evaded local, state or federal law enforcement.
Kolar also obtained a $10,000 grant from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts earlier this year that allowed for the installation of four bulletproof glass shields to place between deputies and those entering the courthouse, domestic relations court, Central Park Complex and human services building.
Moving forward, Kolar said he’d like to see his staff continue to fill roles on the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, State Attorney General’s Office Drug Task Force, Cambria County Drug Task Force, Cambria County DUI Task Force and Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team.
“We have to work together,” to combat the region’s increase of drug-related crimes and drug abuse," Kolar said.
Aside from his duties as sheriff, Kolar has served as chairman of the Cambria County Prison Board for the past 15 years and has been a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the past eight years.
He is the only sheriff and Cambria County representative to the commission.
In his next term, Kolar said he’d like to continue working to address the county’s uphill battle with drug use and drug-related crime, in addition to further safety measures at the county courthouse.
He is a Bishop Carroll High School graduate, Marine Corps veteran and retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper. He and his wife, Lee Ann, married in 1966 and reside in Ebensburg. They have one son, Bob Jr., and three grandchildren.