Chuck Jenkins Sheriff

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins in his office at the Law Enforcement Center.

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins won a fourth term Tuesday night.

Jenkins, the Republican incumbent, defeated Karl Bickel, a Democrat, with 53.9 percent of the vote and 71 of 79 precincts reporting.

The Frederick News-Post was denied entry into Jenkins’ election watch party in Lewistown. A representative for the campaign said the newspaper was not welcome at the event.

Jenkins did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Jenkins has served in law enforcement for 28 years, 12 of which have been as sheriff in Frederick County.

In 2008, Jenkins oversaw the county’s partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the 287(g) program, which allows sheriff’s deputies to investigate the immigration status of anyone brought to the county detention center. These officers may also begin the deportation process.

The program has placed 1,608 people in the U.S. illegally into deportation proceedings, including 106 gang members, according to a November editorial by Jenkins.

In September, Jenkins and County Executive Jan Gardner announced the county detention center’s work release site as a possible location for an addiction detox center. Jenkins campaigned on his agency’s response to the opioid crisis. Sheriff’s deputies responded to 117 nonfatal and 26 fatal overdoses in 2017, according to agency data. Jenkins oversaw department training in the use of naloxone, a drug treatment used to reverse opioid-related overdoses.

All election results are unofficial until absentee ballots and provisional ballots are counted. As of Tuesday evening, 6,854 absentee ballots had been issued to Frederick County voters, and 3,592 of them had been returned, according to the state Board of Elections website. Canvasses of provisional ballots will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 14 and Nov. 16.

The sheriff serves a four-year term and has a salary of $125,000 per year.

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(164) comments

bellboy309

I guess this means more years of his crookedness and shrewd actions by him.

KellyAlzan

if his arteries make it that long...….

Psizzle

Best sheriff in the country. Looking forward to another great 4 years!

Samanthapowers

not allowing media to cover the party to celebrate a surprising win are not qualites that bode well for a person in public office. speaks more to his intolerance of those he deems unfriendly to him and his crusade(s).

mgoose806

four more years...reelect Sheriff Jenkins 2022

Jleftwich

I guess he can go on one of the WFMD shows and answer the really tough questions. [rolleyes]

DickD

It's doubtful that he will run because he will be 65 or 66. If he runs again and wins, he would be 69 or 70.

livingwell

I think he could care less what you or the FNP which was in the tank for Bickel.

Jleftwich

It’s much more concerning that the Sheriff intentionally keeps the media out of his re-election event. The reasoning is petty, and a more reasonable, grounded adult would not engage in such behavior.

mgoose806

It was an invite only private party and FNP was not invited.

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richardlyons

Yes a very petty man, our sheriff.

Nuklearweasel

In my experience, you only deny the press entry to a public official's gathering when you have something to hide...like the fact they were probably kissing the feet of a Trump effigy

DickD

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MAM2

Karl Bickle doesn't have the experience to be a sheriff. He spent less than 10 years in DC and four years at FCSO, in an appointed position. Most deputies and officers in other jurisdictions have more experience than Bickel. If the Dems want to unseat Jenkins, then maybe they should look for a more qualified candidate. Until then Jenkins keeps winning.

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rbtdt5

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gabrielshorn2013

Who ever said he was a racist? I don't recall that charge ever being brought up.

livingwell

When nothing else sticks then you use racist.

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richardlyons

Thanks Dad.

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Charles_Nelson_Reilly

"Jenkins is a racist. That disqualifies him" - that there is some in-depth analysis and well thought out fact based first-hand knowledge. You should check and see if the FNP is hiring, you'd make a terrific opinion editor on their team (D).

Let me submit that you are actually the bigot because 1) you've never met Jenkins 2) know little or next to nothing about him and 3)know hardly any of his policies. So you have met the qualifications of Merriam-Webster's definition for being Prejudice - "an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason"

phydeaux994

Now look up the Merriam-Webster definition of "racist" CNR!!!

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mgoose806

His name is spelled Bickel.

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hdthunder9

Great Comment!!!!

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des21

Gaithersburg.

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Lev928

Maybe he likes the moniker because it fits within the confines of the Constitution and law .. unlike your personal opinions.

jerseygrl42

Congrats to the best Sheriff we've ever had and please keep up the great work on the 287-g program.....keep Frederick County safe !

CDReid

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phydeaux994

How does babysitting illegal alien criminals until ICE picks them up, most of whom were not arrested in FC but brought in from other jurisdictions, make Frederick County safer? It actually makes FC less safe. What if they escape into our Community? What if they attack the Detention Center staff? Why don't you folks who blindly believe the Sheriff do a little research on the 287(g) Program instead of falling for Sheriff Jenkins misinformation? It's public information all available on line. The latest P.O.A. for all to read. Chuck and Donald both love the uneducated.

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tuckerm83

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RepublicanRussian

The Sheriff having a democratic Congressman representing Frederick County and severing on the House Judiciary Committee is going to be interesting.

Charles_Nelson_Reilly

two dem congressman. One who only ran and spent like $30 mill of "company" money so he could open more Total Wine's all over Maryland, and the other who will propose significant fines on any hair salon that attempts to discard any of their hair perm dryer machines in any Maryland county landfills.

Lev928

It's hysterical to read all of the comments from the corrupt, liberal Montgomery County transplants that live in Frederick County now. Thanks for the entertainment.

tuckerm83

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CDReid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Shame we can't build a wall to keep them out.

phydeaux994

What's stopping you CD?

CDReid

And just what kind of question is that, fido?

DickD

Please let me answer; "money"

rbtdt5

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Business Owner

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hdthunder9

Great Post Lev, and absolutely correct!!

phydeaux994

Lev, I lived in P.G. County when it was nothing but tobacco barns, 1940-1954. I lived in Montgomery County when there were farms on the outskirts of Silver Spring, 1954-1986. I worked in Howard County when the biggest town was Little Ellicott City, 1960-2002. I lived in Howard County when their citizens were battling the developers tooth and nail and beat them, 1986-2008. I moved to Frederick County in 2008 and there was no planning for regulating future growth, even though they had watched urban sprawl coming toward them for 50 years. There still isn't as far as I can tell. The developers are having their way here, just like they did in Montgomery County. Large developments going up Willy-Nilly, all over the lower County. Liberal transplants coming in as fast as the houses are built and transforming the County. Case in point, Chuck won in 2014 by 15+%points. Yesterday by 4%. Jan wins a second consecutive term. Blaine, Kirby, Billy, and Tony, friends of the Sheriff, kaput!! Where were you guys while this was happening! You sure weren't building any walls. Welcome to the 21st Century, you let it come here. Thank You!![smile][beam][lol]

Lev928

phydeaux994 ... I've lived and worked in Montgomery County, lived and worked out of state, and lived in Frederick County for several years. I moved out of Frederick County because of the all of the corrupt radical liberals moving in from Montgomery County. This proves why open borders are a bad idea. Look what's happened to Frederick County ... over-development, massive increase in crime, increased traffic congestion and related collisions (to only name a few problems). The reason is plain and simple ... more Montgomery County transplants with their false ideologies. They are causing and drawing more population, more traffic and more crime. That fact is indisputable. In order to save Frederick County, a war must be started .. a political and social war ... to stop this entire disaster. If not, Frederick County is on the verge of being the next Montgomery County. This will be both a bad thing and a disgrace for the entire state.

DickD

But, Lev all of that building was done by locals, the Blaine gang .Blaine has always livedin Frederick County. He was an alderman for Frederick City. His father, Ron was the mayor of Frederick City. His step mother is in politics too. His brother, Brad heads up the school board. Kirby Delauterand all of his family have lived in Frederick County for generations and Kirby is in construction. Tony is in construction. Billy is in real estate and all of the Blaine gang are Republican.

Building a wall prevents new ideas and keeps the Blaine gang here. Is that what you want?

rbtdt5

Wow, before noon and over 100 comments praising the great Sheriff!!

jagman

It is, of course, excellent news that Jenkins got re-elected. He has been the best sheriff Fredco has had in my 30 plus years of watching the soap opera that is this county. he stands alone in the state as a participant in the 287(g) program.
Good luck on another 4 years.

tuckerm83

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hdthunder9

Sorry didn't proof read again - " He Stepped up" I guess I type to fast, lol

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phydeaux994

hd, no penalties for typos. BTW, "he just enforces the law and enforces what ILLEGAL really means"!!.... except the laws against ILLEGAL AMERICAN EMPLOYERS who hire the ILLEGAL ALIENS. They're his friends.

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DickD

Don, you have been watching too much Fox News and Hannity.[huh]

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Dwasserba

We are fortunate to even *have* a paper that isn't just a couple pages with the very same stories as on a couple pages in other towns nearby in a syndicate but under a different banner. Online versions run the same stories with photos and video prominently - for months. What's up back there? Oh. The same video of middleschoolers doing a hip hop routine during halftime at a basketball game. Riveting stuff. I wrote fairly boring stories for that paper while a high schooler because that's what the news was. Now it's not even always "their" news. The fnp has already moved and "re-tooled" and it's not cheap. Pretty amazing it happened.

KellyAlzan

I did a quick comparison of numbers.

Not all the county votes have been counted, I know that.

Based on data from September 2018,
There are 4.15% more registered republican voters than registers democrats

Based on the numbers so far, Jenkins won by a mere 5.8%.

That’s nearly registered voter for registered voter!!!

Dems are taking over one new house at a time, thank you ba’lane young for migrating Dems into Frederick county!

Love a good race, so darn close!

Karl - bet you wish you did some radio ads now, don’t ya? [beam]

DickD

And put out more signs![crying]

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rbtdt5

I didn't see one sign that read Trumpkins.

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shiftless88

You should listen to NPR. Overall they are pretty intelligent and not especially biased.

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KellyAlzan

Specifically, what has the FNP done unfair to Jenkins?

I haven’t noticed anything.

The man has had some bad legal issues. And the FNP reported. Isn’t that what newspapers do?

Someone please tell us specifically what the FNP has done that is unfair?

RepublicanRussian

For better or worse the people have spoken let’s move along smartly

pappyjoe

When Karl Bickel started out in his career in law enforcement he was very impressive. Such as a garden veriety cucumber that looked like a winner starting off. Then he lost his edge in his quest after being repeatedly stepped on such as a cucumber but was still useful in away but Karl actually turned into a pickle so.......I too believe that its time for Karl Pickle to retire because the next time he makes a run for office someone will be eating pickle up out of the jar, campaign speaking wise[beam]

DickD

Pappy, you don't have a clue![sad]

MAM2

Hahahaha. That's funny.

rbtdt5

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elymus43

The democrats do not like to lose...........................

KellyAlzan

in order to lose, one must play.

Let that sink in!

That Guy Garcon

Could the FNP's constant negative reporting on the Sherriff and the ICE program be why they were not invited to the election party? YES!!!

KellyAlzan

That’s their job.

A federal judge has found Jenkins guilty of violating the 287 program. Not the FNP, but a federal judge.

If he doesn’t like this, then he should obey the rules and laws. Obey the rules and you won’t be in trouble.

shiftless88

As an elected official he represents the entire County and should act like it.

That Guy Garcon

I think Frederick is really seeing that the 287G is working!!! Keep it up Chuck

KellyAlzan

Have you not read what the federal judge ruled?

des21

It's being appealed I assume correct? I know you can never be wrong Kelly but you do know that judges often have differing opinions among themselves right? What do you think the SCOTUS would say? I'll wager they back Chuck. Does that make you wrong? Of course not, just not correct.

tuckerm83

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Samanthapowers

why wasn't little sherf davey clark at the party? those two are a match made in a cow pie.

rbtdt5

[thumbup] Great job Frederick, best man for the job!

sofanna

The elections are over. It's pathetic people continue to disparage those who were elected.

newspostreader

It is unfortunate that we had the ability to change our Sheriff with a strong candidate, but yet we failed to provide the votes. Yes, majority wins, but it was time for a change.

Samanthapowers

Four more years of that backward thinking, willfully ignorant sherf? loss for the entire county. such a bummer. no habla, chucky.

richardlyons

Such a petty man, Bubba is.

Dennis72

You need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Look up the facts for yourself. Don't listen to the Cheshire Cat, smiling in your face while stabbing you in the back

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KellyAlzan

Bickel had an impressive amount of money In his campaign. I am disappointed that he didn’t put that money to work. No radio ads?? No utilizing mainstream online marketing?? When the FNP put out the campaign finance reports and I saw Bickel just sitting on the money, I knew he was in trouble. His opponent became sheriff from popularity, not from background. It’s a very small window of people that really know what a sheriff does. You have to Market market market.

DickD

Vindictiveness and spite wins again.

CDReid

No Dick, the candidate that the people wanted wins again, not " vindictiveness and spite."

DickD

Yes, the people did not vote to get the best Sheriff's office they could get, they voted for the good old boy. A loss for all in the County.

KellyAlzan

Bottom line is, and this is not the first time I’m saying this - Frederick county is still a Republican county. Thanks to Ba’lane young, that is changing one new house at a time, however.

But Karl still did excellent. Nine months ago I laughed at him. He really worked his tail off. Good job, Karl!

Look at the results for other counties, even though close races, it’s rrally hard to unseat incumbent sheriff’s. The general public just does not know what it is a sheriff does. Just as most do not know what the constitution says

Samanthapowers

and willful ignorance.

CDReid

I wonder when the I hate Sheriff Jenkins Club are going to start their rallies and protesting........ don't forget your pink hats, folks.

threecents

Dang sore winner.

Samanthapowers

that one is not exactly recognized for class or dignity, 3. more like anger and intolerance.

des21

You're all class Sam. [rolleyes]

Samanthapowers

as are you. lol.

des21

I know. But this was about you.

Samanthapowers

Not talking about the only school grade you passed, mr angry.

CDReid

At least I passed it, Sammy. [lol]

DickD

You want us to look like Trump, CD?

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des21

Huh. Could have sworn you had been saying Karl had this thing locked up (all those signs!) but whatever. Glad to see Sherriff Jenkins returning for another term.

leo44b123

Congratulations Sheriff Chuck Jenkins! It's a shame the other side has some excuse for their candidate not winning. Does not have anything to do with the good old boy Network or the lack of Education of leadership at the top.
It has to do with you being the better candidate. The people of Frederick County have spoken and I for one certainly look forward to another 4 years of your leadership.

sofanna

Amen!

shelleyfreeze1

Term limits really do need to be set on this position. Something needs to happen to get this "good 'ole boys" mentality out of the Frederick County Law Enforcement. We need someone who respects all people of all Nationalities. Races, Religions. Now he is even limiting the press from reporting. Sound familiar?? Run again Bickler. You had my vote!! Vote for good law Enforcement who respects all.

CDReid

There's a reason why he keeps winning; because the people of Frederick County approve of the job he's doing. If term limits need to be established anywhere, it's in Congress and the Senate.

KellyAlzan

Not true. Most do kit know what an Orphan Court Judge does. Same with sheriff. Lack of knowledge.

DickD

Yes, most in Frederick County just see Jenkins in parades swaggering down the street. Can't knock it, it works.

KellyAlzan

Cd - you write a comment that is not backed up with any facts. Merely your opinion.

I respond I’m a few short sentences with the reality.

This is only a local paper. Most papers do not have commenting. You are too addicted, and if anyone disagrees with you, your heart starts beating faster and you scurry to respond hastily. And then you bully anyone that disagrees. I’m also wondering if you have 2 user names here.

Those of us that have jobs are all going to work still. Our mortgages are getting paid. The comments here are not that impactful on our lives.

CDReid

Yeah Kelly, and you voice your opinions over and over again too with no facts to back them up. I'm at work, my mortgage is paid off, and your comments here have no impact on our lives.

CDReid

And No Kelly, not that it's any of your business, but I do not have two user names.

KellyAlzan

You missed my point again. No one cares about you or I. No one cares who lives in a car or who lives in moms basement. My point is that you should do something meaningful with yourself other than troll and harass others. CD, you are very angry. And want everyone else to be angry too. And it’s the holidays, a time when many people get really depressed. I hope you feel better soon.

DickD

I really don't like term limits. Limitsshould be up to the voters.

KellyAlzan

I’m not so sure terms limits would be of benefit. No one wants the sheriff job these days. The pay is too low. The top brass men and women are not interested in the low pay. If we have term limits, it’s only going to attract the bottom of the barrel, people the same as Jenkins.

sofanna

Why don't you ask Sheriff Jenkins why he denied access to the FNP?

DickD

Who cares about the reason.

Angiea786

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Dennis72

I am sorry that the citizens of Frederick County will have to suffer through another 4 years with incompetent, uneducated Law enforcement leaders. This means 4 more years of Deputies working without any adult supervision. Hooray Karl Bickel a professional Law Enforcement Officer who would have made a difference in Frederick County. I hope he runs again in 4 years. Gotta get that looser Jenkins out of there.

KellyAlzan

If Jenkins doesn’t start eating healthier.........

DickD

Let him eat what he wants, Kelly.

KellyAlzan

Missed my point, dick.

DickD

No, Kelly, you missed mine![ohmy]

des21

Karl runs the danger of becoming the Adlai Stevenson II of the local Democratic Party. He seems like a nice man, let him just go about his business and enjoy his retirement.

CDReid

Hopefully this will impress upon him he won't ever win here and he will go into retirement. He's matched HRC as a two-time loser, I can't see him wanting to try to beat her record.

DickD

I was a little surprised he tried this time.

Mickey7

So you're saying Jenkins is equivalent to Eisenhower?

marylandmirage

Look at the positive side - Frederick County is probably only a couple of housing developments away from turning Democrat.

des21

And that is good how?

CDReid

The Sheriff just got re-elected for a fourth term and you call him a "loser," Dennis? Seems to me you man Bickel is the loser.........again.

Lev928

Bickel is unqualified, regardless of your personal opinion. His "law enforcement career" is far outdated to meet modern training and experience mandates and real world experience. As for your typo, it's *loser. But Jenkins won, so ...

neilyoungfan25

Congrats Sheriff Jenkins on another 4 years!! I wouldn’t have let the FNP in my party either after they allowed that hatchet job anti Jenkins advertising in their paper a day before the election.

BigAl

In light of all the allegations about Sheriff Jenkins as a racist dinosaur, do you wonder why. The FNP has never run a story with an interview of any minority deputies? The department is more diverse than ever and this demonstrates the fact that the Sheriff is not as he is portrayed in the media.

KellyAlzan

Please provide stats.

jerseygrl42

Well said BigAl
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des21

Yeah, I was pretty astonished by that too Neil. If Jenkins is who his detractors say he is, he will instruct Deputies to target FNP owners and staff for "special" attention. [smile] He won't of course but it makes good (if childish) theater like most of the assertions about Jenkins over the past year. All these racist things he says and does- not one instance of proof. The Democratic playbook- racism, sexism and cheating- it's the only way they can lose therefore they must exist if they do lose. Grow up.

CDReid

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DickD

Hard to say about the FNP, Dave, but deputies complain about Jenkins being vindictive and I believe them more than you.

des21

Well, maybe there will actually be some evidence of that vindictiveness this time. That would be nice. I'm not sure that not being a really nice guy is a disqualifying trait for a County Sheriff. (Never mind the subjectivity of it- he seems nice to me.) Do we want our Sheriffs to be loveable? Why?

neilyoungfan25

Dick - I have a very close family member who is a Frederick County Sheriff and he has never had an issue with Chuck. He thinks Chuck does a good job! I’m surprised the Dems put the Pickle up to run again. Karl was a has-been

KellyAlzan

Neil - some people liked ba’lane young, too.

DickD

Nelly, I am sure Jenkins has friends on the force, that was never an issue. Heck, you have friends, don't you?

shiftless88

You mean like not allowing the local press into his event? Is that the kind of thing you think he would never do?

CDReid

Yeah neilyoungfan, denying this liberal tabloid access to his party was a class act, and I don't mean that sarcastically, either.

DickD

CD,you do know who Nelly is, don't you?

des21

He's a rapper Dick.

rbtdt5

I know you think he's Blaine, but he's not.

CDReid

Nelly, Dick? Yeah, she the one who's supposed to wait until the sun shines.

Samanthapowers

lol. doubt they would be interested in your party, nel. unless of course you are the very large person unfortunately reelected.

Lisa Foreman

Exactly!

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