MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —John Orem, a Republican and Martinsburg real estate broker and businessman, is running for Sheriff of Berkeley County.
Orem, a Martinsburg High School graduate, was a Martinsburg police officer for 10 years, and owner of a security guard and private investigation agency.
His primary goals if elected are to move the department into a more community-oriented public safety operation, to address school bullying and other issues, to improve departmental morale and to revise work schedules to better police the county.
“I can have more deputies in sectors of the county during high-crime evening hours,” Orem said in a news release. “This will reduce criminal activity and increase deputy response times for 911 calls.”
He hopes to improve the fiscal operation of the sheriff’s department by working closer with the court system and placing more nonviolent and petty crime offenders on home detention, which brings money into the county rather than incarceration in the Eastern Regional Jail, which he said costs money.
“I cannot stop crime altogether, but with administrative and operational changes within the department, I can make substantial improvements in the sheriff’s department operation and reduce crime,” he said in the release.