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Ex-candidate becomes deputy warden



Published: Tue, August 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



A new jail warden will be named next week.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A former Lawrence County Democratic candidate for sheriff has taken on new responsibilities as deputy warden at the county jail.

Charles H. Adamo, who lost to Perry Quahliero in the May primary for sheriff, began working with acting jail warden Mark Schaas on Monday.

Adamo is one of 18 candidates who applied for the warden's post. Schaas, who also applied for the position, dropped out of the running to accept a job elsewhere. His resignation becomes effective Aug. 19.

The prison board is expected to name a new warden at its Aug. 10 meeting. Adamo, who appears to be the favored candidate, has been a county deputy sheriff since 2001. He is also a retired state trooper.

In the primary race for sheriff, Adamo conceded the primary to Quahliero after several recounts. Quahliero will face Republican nominee Thomas Wharry in November's general election.

Creating a vacancy

Earlier this year, the prison board moved Schaas from the deputy warden's spot to acting warden after jail warden Mark Fellows resigned.

Fellows, appointed warden in January 2003, quit in the midst of several controversial episodes including inmate assaults, fires at the jail and an increase in the number of inmates going to the hospital, which contributed to higher medical bills.

Also, a suicide and an inmate death resulting from an apparent drug overdose were reported.

The work-release program also was discontinued after it was discovered inmates were smuggling drugs into the jail, officials said.




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