Deputy eyeing sheriff position

A chief deputy sheriff is seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff, with intentions to further enhance the services the office currently provides to Bedford County residents.

Diane Nelson, 42, of Everett, said she has proven her abilities through her different positions in law enforcement and corrections fields, preparing her to take on the role of sheriff.

She said she has gained insight to effectively and efficiently run the sheriff’s office and to serve the public with integrity and respect because of her experience as the current chief deputy sheriff.

If elected sheriff, Nelson said she will strive to continue making the county a safe place to live and to further enhance services by expanding the training and participation of deputies in assisting the District Attorney’s Office in taking drugs off the streets.

Nelson began her career as a corrections officer in 1998 and then worked as a correctional lieutenant from 2001-08, according to a press release. She then worked as a deputy sheriff from 1998-2015 until her promotion to chief deputy sheriff in 2015.

She started working as a county detective for the District Attorney’s office in 2005 and as a Bedford Borough police officer from 2004-07 and from 2013-16.

She is a graduate of Everett Area High School. After she graduated, she attended several educational institutions, acquiring various medical and criminal justice certifications.

While at the Bedford County Correctional Fac­ility, she obtained a correctional officer certification. She completed the municipal police officer academy at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center and the deputy sheriff’s academy at Pennsylvania State Unive­rsity.

She also completed training in other disciplines, including methamphetamine investigative management, traffic patrol and drug interdiction, certified medical assistant and top gun undercover drug enforcement training.

Nelson is a member of

the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 98, the National Rifle Association, Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association and Penn­sylvania Narcotic Officers Association.

She and her husband, Troy, have one daughter.