LEWISTOWN - Christopher S. Shade has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for re-election as Mifflin County Sheriff.
Shade is in his fourth year as sheriff. Prior to taking office as sheriff in 2010, Shade worked for the Mifflin County Correctional Facility as a correctional officer, starting in 1996.
From 2002 through 2009, Shade worked as a deputy for the Mifflin County Sheriff's Office.
"Serving the citizens of Mifflin County during my first term has been very satisfying. Since taking office I have made numerous changes and improvements to the office. I have continued the fiscally conservative approach of my predecessors while at the same time providing Mifflin County with professional services at a reasonable cost," Shade said.
In addition to his experience as sheriff, Shade serves as a member of the Mifflin County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, a member of the Mifflin County Prison Board, chairman of the Mifflin County Record Improvement Board, a member of the South Hills School of Business & Technology Advisory Board, a member of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association and a member of the National Sheriffs' Association. Shade also serves as a committee member of the Mifflin/Juniata Friends of National Rifle Association in addition to being a lifetime member of the NRA.
Shade resides in Lewistown Borough with his wife Venus and their 3-year-old son Benjamin.
Shade is a 2002 graduate of the Deputy Sheriffs' Training Academy, where he received the awards of the "Best Overall Student" and "Best Marksman." Shade graduated from the National Sheriffs' Institute, located in Longmont, Colo. in 2010. Shade is also a member of the Lewistown Presbyterian Church.
"I look forward for the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Mifflin County. I am fortunate to have an outstanding group of deputies and clerical staff that support the day-to-day operations of the office," Shade said. "I ask for the support and vote of the people of Mifflin County for the Republican nomination on May 21."