New Castle County Sheriff Sam Pratcher Jr. announced his intention to run for election for the position in the 2018 election cycle.

The date coincides with the date Pratcher was administered the oath of office one year prior.

Pratcher was sworn into the position of New Castle County Sheriff after being appointed by then-Gov. Jack Markell on Dec. 23, 2016. Since that time, Pratcher has employed his law enforcement experience and administrative skills to affect the overall enhancement of the delivery of services rendered by the office.

Pratcher’s continued goals for the office include:

— To proactively inform and educate New Castle County’s constituency of the processes and procedures related to foreclosures and to provide crime prevention information through workshops.

— To continue to enhance technology to ensure ongoing efficiencies throughout the office.

— To enhance training for the administrative staff, as well as department deputies.

— To improve equipment and technology available for all deputy sheriffs.

Prior to his appointment, Pratcher established a proven track record of community service, which includes having served 26 years as a member of the Wilmington Police Department, including four years as the city’s chief of police. He is a veteran of the Vietnam war, having served in the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He is a founding and active member of Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church since 1992; volunteers at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, which serves the homeless population; and assists with Habitat for Humanity when possible.

Pratcher holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and a Master of Science in human resource management from Wilmington University.