[J-25-2011] IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA WESTERN DISTRICT ALLEGHENY COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFSâ ASSOCIATION, Appellant v. PENNSYLVANIA LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, Appellee : : : : : : : : : : : : : : No. 29 WAP 2010 Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court entered January 28, 2010, at No. 959 CD 2009, affirming the Order of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board entered April 21, 2009, at PF-R-0874-W. 990 A.2d 86 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2010) ARGUED: April 12, 2011 DISSENTING OPINION MR. JUSTICE EAKIN DECIDED: MARCH 26, 2012 I agree with Chief Justice Castille that deputy sheriffs of second class counties are not â policemenâ for the purposes of Act 111 collective bargaining. See 43 P.S. Â§Â§ 217.1-217.10. Having reached this conclusion, I see no reason to speak to incorporation of the independently-elected sheriff into our court system; the de facto role of the sheriff differs from county to county. The constitutional issues related thereto are considerable, and I would avoid dicta that may prove inapplicable down the road. Therefore, I respectfully dissent.