Sheriff Cramer was born in Somerset County and was raised in New Centerville, PA. He graduated with honors from Rockwood Area High School and enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh. After two years there, he transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Criminology.
After college graduation he started working as a full time police officer for the Somerset Police Department. During his time as a police officer he served as a scheduling officer, police firearms instructor, tactical police handgun instructor, and as officer-in-charge and has not only trained police officers, but has also, over many years, trained countless civilians in the proper use and safe handling of firearms.
He is an honor graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy for municipal police officers and he is a graduate of the PA Chiefs of Police - Command Institute for Police Executives.
In 1997, Brad was appointed Chief of Police of the Somerset Police Department During his time as chief he developed and adopted programs promoting the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. His goal was to have the police department become more involved with citizens and with community events to establish closer ties with the people, organizations and businesses of Somerset. In 2004 he retired from the police department after serving 30 years.
In 2005 he joined the Conemaugh Twp. Police Department and served for several years before joining the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in 2009.
In 2015 he was elected Sheriff of Somerset County and began serving his first term in January 2016.