Veteran former Lancaster City Police Officer Christopher Genetti will be the Democratic candidate to succeed ousted Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese in this fall’s election.
The executive board of the county Democratic Committee selected Genetti over former Philadelphia police officer and detective David Kaiser. Board members had high respect for both men, but Genetti’s local experience made the difference, party Chairwoman Sally Lyall said.
Genetti was a city police officer from 1991 to 2016, receiving several commendations. He was a member of the Lancaster Special Emergency Response Team for eight years. He said he wants to restore trust to the sheriff’s department and make it more transparent. He also thinks the department can do more to assist municipal departments.
“The taxpayers deserve a well-organized and effectively run county sheriff’s department and I am confident that I will provide that,” he said.
Genetti, 53, graduated from Manheim Township High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. He and his wife live in Maytown.
Reese resigned July 31 amid allegations he sexually harassed a deputy.
The county Republican committee will choose its nominee at a special meeting Sept. 6; acting Sheriff Charles Hamilton is among those seeking the GOP nomination.