Name: Chuck Jenkins
Where you live: Lewistown
Current occupation and employers (may also list up to two previous jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Frederick County sheriff for 16 years; with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office for a total of 32 years. Prior to my law enforcement career, I was employed with Comsat Corporation.
1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)
More than any other candidate for sheriff, I care deeply about the citizens, our quality of life, and the future of this county. I stand for law and order and to protect the rights of citizens at a time when others will not. The public recognizes that this agency is performing very well, and that Frederick is a safe county. Citizens encourage me every day, saying they hope I continue to serve as sheriff.
2 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)
My 16 years as sheriff, with 32 years of continuous current law enforcement experience, many professional trainings, leadership, and management courses, have allowed me to successfully manage law enforcement operations, the detention center, judicial operations, and court security totaling over 400 employees and a budget that exceeds $55 million. Current experience is essential in managing a full-service sheriff’s office. I have the experience, energy, and motivation that the other candidates do not.
3 – What is the most important policing issue for the sheriff’s office? How would you handle it? (100 words)
There are several priorities. Hiring in law enforcement and corrections is challenging and is being addressed through new hiring strategies with competitive pay and benefits, and a positive work environment to hire the best available men and women. The strong school resource officer program currently in place will remain a priority. Continuing the effective policing strategies that have kept crime rates decreasing. I’m committed to combatting the flow of heroin and fentanyl coming into this county, killing our residents. Establish a district station in southeastern Frederick County to better serve the residents in that part of the county.
4 – Should the sheriff’s office be part of the 287(g) program to begin deportation proceedings against undocumented immigrants charged with crimes? (100 words max)
Absolutely yes. The program has been very successful over 14 years. It has enhanced public safety and security in Frederick County by not allowing criminal offenders to be released back into our community. The program has served detainers on 1,616 criminals, placing them into deportation, including 115 transnational criminal gang members. This has contributed to eight consecutive years of reductions in serious crime in Frederick County and has been effective in keeping violent gang crime out of this county.
5 – What do you think about measures Maryland’s legislature has taken to limit use of force, restrict no-knock warrants and repeal the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights? (100 words max)
Legislative actions regarding police were extreme and went too far. Repealing the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights has greatly damaged law enforcement and will negatively impact hiring, police response, and decision-making in critical situations. Changing the use of force standard from "reasonable" force to "necessary and proportional" has created confusion and doubt, and could cost lives. Restrictions already existed in the use of no-knock warrants. However, the added restrictions potentially create additional risks for law enforcement. The public must understand the role and importance of policing in our society.