|Sheriff Johnston, flanked by his wife Barbara, left,|
and daughter Maya, right
Johnston's salary will be $89,235.
Johnston is the 72d person to serve as Northampton County Sheriff since the county was first formed in 1752. The County's first Sheriff, William Craig, was a Captain in Pennsylvania provincial militia under Major William Parsons during the French and Indian War. Johnston's immediate predecessor, David Dalrymple, was a major in the New Jersey State Police.
The Sheriff's Office goes all the way back to tenth century England, when Alfred the Great divided England into "shires" led by a "reeve." The shire reeve eventually became known as the Sheriff, who would defend the people against Viking incursions.
These days, the Northampton County Sheriff still provides building and court room security. He also transports prisoners, locates and apprehends fugitives, serves legal papers, administers the foreclosure, repossession and sale of real and personal property, and issues gun permits. It is an elective office except in Northampton and Luzerne Counties.
|Sheriff Johnston,l eft, with Lamont McClure|
After putting in his 20 years with New York City, he continued his career in law enforcement here in the Lehigh Valley. He started as a District Security Officer at Easton School District, and became a deputy sheriff in 2002. He worked his way up through the ranks until he became a lieutenant in 2008.
He also knows what it's like to suffer adversity on the job. In 2010, he was laid off as a result of a department reorganization. Instead of giving up, he worked for Sands Casino as a security officer and a table games dealer until he was reinstated in 2013.
Johnston has 34 years of experience in law enforcement.
He lives in Bethlehem Township with his wife Barbara. He also has two daughters, Flannery and Moya, who graduated from Freedom High School.