Former City of Warren Police Officer Hinton Announces Candidacy for Warren County Sheriff

February 27, 2023

WARREN, Pa. – Former City of Warren police officer Ken Hinton announced his candidacy as a Republican for Warren County Sheriff. 

Incumbent sheriff Brian Zeybel recently announced that he will not seek re-election this November.

“Many people have asked me, Why do you want to run for sheriff?” Hinton said in a statement. “The answer is simple. It is in my blood to serve! I would love nothing more than to continue to serve the people of Warren County as their Sheriff. The office of Warren County Sheriff requires a candidate who has experience within law enforcement, can manage budgets, is proficient in communicating and working closely with other government officials, and can lead at an executive level; all while maintaining respect and professionalism for all he serves.”

Hinton, who was born and raised in Ridgway, has been a resident of Warren County since 1995, is an Air Force veteran who served during Desert Storm, and served as a City of

“After fulfilling my military obligation, I continued to serve my community for 28 years in Law Enforcement,” Hinton said. “I spent 21 years serving the City of Warren as a Police Officer. During this time, I wrote various policies and grants that provided federal funding for programs to ensure roadway safety for all commuters; such as Click It or Ticket and Aggressive Driving. I spent 12 years as the President of the Police Union, and 10 years as the President of the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) Warren County Lodge 83. I was the head of the Drug Task Force as the Chief Liaison between the City Police and the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals’ Drug Task Force for Region 7.”

Hinton has two sons, Brendan and Gabe, and has also been an active member in the community, serving as a volunteer coach for the Warren Area High School football team for the last 17 seasons.

“Through this arena, I have been able to build relationships with our youth, not only by teaching the game of football but by teaching the life skills needed to overcome adversity,” Hinton said.

Hinton also laid out goals should he be elected.

“No. 1, help the Sheriff’s department and all other police departments within the county build a better working relationship so that all law enforcement entities can work together as one,” Hinton said. “No. 2, improve on and/or expand the SRO program within the school district to protect our youth and to shine a positive light on police as a whole.

“No. 3, protection of our 2nd amendment rights, which is very dear to me. I will do all that I can to protect our constitutional rights as Americans. And No. 4, with my experience working in fraud, I will push to protect not only our community but most importantly our senior citizens from fraud scams by bringing awareness and highlighting ways they can protect themselves.”

The primary is on May 16.

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