Name: Albert F. Marano
Occupation: Sheriff of Harrison County
Family: Wife-Kelly Marano; Daughters-Gina, age 11 and Sara, age 7
Hobbies: Sheriff Marano enjoys playing golf, working in his garden and following his daughters around to their activities. They are both in soccer so it keeps him and his wife pretty busy.
Years in law enforcement: 25 years
What are your plans when you retire? He just hopes to make it to retirement. If he does, then he would like to play a little more golf, work around his home, and hopefully do some traveling.
What is the most difficult part of being sheriff? It is difficult when people have legitimate concerns about something but no law that covers their particular problem. One of the most common examples would be a disturbing the peace issue. Cities will typically have ordinances that cover that type of thing but outside those limits there is nothing in the state that would prohibit loud music or dogs barking.
What qualities of your mother/father influenced you the most? His mother and father, both, instilled in him strong family values and work ethic. His mother taught him that if he is going to do something, do it right the first time. While his father taught him to always try to remain calm because you think better if you can stay calm.
What is the best piece of advice you ever got? When he was just beginning law enforcement, an old city police officer he knew told him that if he could be fair, firm, consistent and compassionate, then he would be a good police officer. He still lives by those words as sheriff.
What types of crimes do you see increasing the most around our area? Traffic complaints have gone up. In the past, people would have to pull off the road to call in complaints but now with cell phones, they just call from their cars. As a whole, though, everything has increased.
What is the biggest risk you see facing kids today? There are so many influences out there trying to take kids down the wrong road. Parents, teachers and everyone involved with children have to maintain a good handle on their kids. With technology today, kids can become desensitized to personal experience. For example, when someone is texting, they are not seeing the reaction the other person is experiencing. It can lead to being immune from the consequences of their actions because they are not seeing or hearing the reaction first hand. We have to ensure these kids maintain a touch of reality including the consequences.
What advice would you give our readers? Of course the obvious is to not break the law. In addition, be courteous towards others. We have a lot more traffic in our community now and people may not be as familiar with the area. Being courteous and having a little patience goes a long way.