Kerry Stover seeks second term as county sheriff

Kerry Stover

Kerry W. Stover has announced he is seeking a second term as Clinton County Sheriff.

Stover is in his first term as the sheriff after a successful election bid in 2015. He has worked in the sheriff’s office for 14 years, as the sheriff for four years and under retired Sheriff Charles Ankney for 10.

Since taking office, Stover has been working on many projects to help improve his office and the county as a whole.

He has been the key player in developing safety and security for the two newest county buildings: the Piper Building (housing many of the county offices like Children & Youth, Treasurer, and Register & Recorder) and the Mellott building (housing Department of Emergency Services and a District Court). He and his office are almost ready to move to the first floor of the county courthouse, another move he has been planning as well.

He has developed and is offering Handgun Training classes. These are set up for new shooters that would like to learn the basics of safely handling and shooting a handgun. This class offers the shooter some instruction on safe handling and a little time at the range with an instructor to help learn the basics.

Stover is one of a few speakers at the popular Concealed Carry Seminars held in the past by former State Representative Mike Hanna. Several local organizations have asked for an active shooter presentation and he is currently working on one.

All of these training sessions and seminars are going to continue.

When the public comes in to get their Concealed Carry License, we talk and I listen. These are things the public is asking for and I hope I can offer answers to their questions when it comes to their safety or the safety of their loved ones,” he said.

Stover is happy that he and the deputies are now equipped with tasers for their safety and the safety of people they are dealing with. This was a big safety concern for the deputies, he said.

Stover is also quick to point out approximately 75 percent of taser costs were covered through a grant.

Stover, the deputies and staff are currently learning the new software system that came online in December of last year. This new system is replacing a very old, non-supported system that if it crashed might render all of the entered information unrecoverable.

The department went with a system 33 other sheriffs in the state, as well as other sheriff departments across the country, are already using and having great success with, Stover said.

Stover attends as many annual PA Sheriffs’ Association (PSA) conferences as he can.

“These conferences help you build relationships with other sheriffs in case you need their assistance in the future; they help you learn new things and also confirm that we are indeed doing things correctly,” he said. At the most recent meeting he was nominated and voted to serve on one of several PA Sheriffs’ Association committees.

Born and raised in Flemington, Stover graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1988.

He graduated with honors from the PA Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff training academy in 2007. He resides in Flemington with his wife, Vicki, and their two children, Hunter and Kara. He is a member of several local organizations, fire departments and serves on the advisory board for Leadership Clinton County.

“I just like helping others,” he said. “I am very proud to be the Sheriff of Clinton County.”

“I truly like coming to work each day to serve the residents of Clinton County as their sheriff,” he continued.

Stover believes the office is making great strides and hopes to continue serving as your Clinton County Sheriff for many years to come.

Keep up with Stover’s campaign at

Note: The Clinton County Democratic Committee does not endorse candidates, but makes every effort to help evenhandedly publicize individuals seeking the Democratic nomination or running on the Democratic ticket. We embrace the will of the people following the Primary Election and wholeheartedly support the nominees selected in the election process.

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