Dan Woods to run for McKean County Sheriff

Dan Woods

Dan Woods

I, Daniel Woods, would like to take this opportunity to announce my intention to run for McKean County Sheriff in the upcoming May primary election on the Republican ballot.

I was born in Kane, Pa and graduated from Kane High School in 1983. After graduation, I worked a short time for Thompson Floor Covering in Kane. In February of 1985 I enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Throughout my time in the Air Force I was an aircraft mechanic and supervisor of a unit responsible for the detailed care and maintenance of the KC-10, a $75 million dollar aircraft which is the military version of a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10. During my experience, I was also in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm in 1991, for which I received the Kuwait Liberation Medal. In October of 1994, I was honorably discharged.

After the completion of my military service, I moved to Smethport with my wife, Kimberley (Morey) Woods, and two daughters, Megan and Kayla, which is where we currently reside. In March of 1995, I was hired by the Pennsylvania State Police to be a Police Communications Operator (Dispatcher) in Mt. Jewett

In January of 1999, I entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy to become a Trooper. Upon graduation, I was assigned to the Waynesburg Barracks in Greene County. In October of 2000, I transferred back to the Kane station where I worked in both the Patrol Unit and the Criminal Investigation Unit. During my career, I was named the 2004 Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Trooper of the Year. In 2006, I assisted in the hunt for and capture of Ralph “Bucky” Phillips, a dangerous fugitive. I retired and received an honorable discharge from the PSP on October 10, 2014.

Training and certifications received while with the PSP include: Critical incident dispatching, on scene collision investigation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Child Passenger Safety Seat Training, Interview and interrogation techniques training, Field training Officer, National Incident Management training, Background investigation training and Active shooter training.

I started working for the McKean County Sheriff’s Office on October 13, 2014. I believe it was important for me to begin working as a Field Deputy to fully understand the mission of this Office. I look forward to interacting with the citizens of McKean County in this new stage of my Law Enforcement Career.
Aside from my career background, I also possess many qualities that are essential to be the Sheriff.

I am an honest and trustworthy person, who values family and community. I have been married to my wife, Kim (Morey) Woods for over 29 years. I possess an even temperament and have had a great deal of experience making detailed decisions in difficult situations. Lastly, but certainly not least, I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment, in its entirety.

Having worked at the Sheriff’s Office since October, I have come to realize that this is a well-run operation, staffed by dedicated employees. In 2014 the deputies handled 1,251 incidents, provided security at the courthouse for trials, hearings, central court and plea/sentencing days, served bench warrants, and transported numerous inmates.

The Sheriff’s Office also provides assistance to other county agencies and many law enforcement agencies, not only in McKean County, but throughout the Commonwealth and other states.

The McKean County Jail was inspected by the PA Department of Corrections this past summer and received an overall excellent rating. It is my intention to continue these proven practices in order to provide a quality service to our hard working taxpayers.

My motto is “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Because I see the day to day functions inside the jail and the Sheriff’s Office, I understand that it doesn’t necessarily require any major changes if things are already running smoothly. In addition, I will continually be open to, and research new ideas for improvements while also being mindful of costs. My main goal is to not make any radical promises that ultimately would not be able to be upheld because they can’t be financially supported.

I intend to reside in this area for many years to come and my plan is to always do what is best for McKean County.

Thank you for your support in the upcoming election!

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