LIMA — Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia is formally a candidate for his first elected term to the position he has held for nearly a year. The sheriff filed his nominating petition Wednesday with the Allen County Board of Elections and will seek the Republican Party’s nomination in a special election to be held this year.
He is the first to file as a candidate for the sheriff’s position.
Treglia was the third of three individuals to hold the position of county sheriff in 2017. Former Sheriff Sam Crish, who has been re-elected without opposition in the November 2016 general election, resigned from office on Jan. 31 amid a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. FBI officials have remained mum about the focus of that investigation, although Crish has admitted having a gambling addiction and has been sued in civil court for failing to repay some debts that are believed to be related to his gambling habits.
Following Crish’s resignation, longtime Chief Deputy Jimmy Everett took over the role of interim sheriff, but Everett died unexpectedly on Feb. 7 of natural causes.
Treglia was selected by the board of Allen County Commissioners on Feb. 8 as the interim sheriff and the county GOP picked him to fill one half of the remainder of Crish’s term in office. A special election will be held this year to fill the remaining two years on that term.
Treglia said Wednesday afternoon that serving as sheriff “has always been a dream of mine,” even though the circumstances that led to his appointment were far from ideal. If elected, Treglia said, his primary goal will be “making sure the citizens of Allen County are protected.”
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