An officer with the Penn State Beaver University Police Department has announced his candidacy for Beaver County Sheriff. Roger Kowal joins a growing list of candidates who have announced their intentions to run for the controversial seat nearly a year before the scheduled primary election.
A resident of Economy Borough, Kowal has been in law enforcement for 36 years, and says he’s running for Sheriff to help bring integrity back to the office.
“It hurts me to see how law enforcement in general gets a bad name for what has occurred in Beaver County,” said Kowal. “I would hope to bring back the respect of the Sheriffs Office to where it was. There are a lot of fine men and woman that work for that department.”
Officer Kowal has worked in numerous police departments through the years, including Economy Borough, Harmony Township, South Heights, and Lawrence Park Police. He was an officer with the Penn State Behrend Campus before joining Penn State Beaver Police back in 1988.
Kowal has also owned his own construction company, Kowal Excavating Inc., for the past 15 years to help augment his salary as an officer.
“I am a man who wants to give back to Beaver County, not just take from it,” said Kowal. He has outlined five guiding principals he would live by if elected Sheriff: To always tell the truth in good times and bad, to not be influenced by those who may have other agendas, to be sincere, to recognize that respect is not given but earned, and to always do what is right no matter the consequences.
Roger Kowal is currently serving his second term as a School Board Director for the Ambridge Area School District.
Primary elections for county row offices are still almost a year away, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 with the general election taking place Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Incumbent Democratic Sheriff George David announced his intention to seek re-election on Monday, just days after he was released from house arrest.