Election Day, Nov. 4, is fast approaching, and we citizens of Frederick County must do our duty and vote! We need to filter though all of the electioneering promises and attacks by opposing candidates and let our gut feelings guide us in making the right decisions as we cast our ballots. In particular, I want to focus on election of the sheriff, and, yes, I am voting without reservation for the current sheriff of Frederick County, Chuck Jenkins.

He has been accessible and responsive to the people of Frederick County throughout his tenure and promotes strong law enforcement, effective prosecution and believes in the right to self-protection. He is respected as our sheriff. He may not have a college degree, as some have found fault with him, but he has lots of experience in real-life situations and the innate ability to make decisions when needed without hesitation or the need to seek a written reference. He openly explains his positions and method of operation, and backs his deputies because he believes in them. Obviously, there are those who do not understand this or see it because they themselves have never been in these types of situations. He has taken a lot of flak over his decision to travel to Texas to get a firsthand look at the immigration crisis. We should give him praise for caring enough to take the time to do this, knowing that what happens there is going to eventually have a great impact on what happens here in Frederick County.

Having been a former law enforcement officer, I do understand these matters, and I can state that the drug problems, immigration issues and lawsuits against officers are definitely worse than they used to be. To what do we attribute this — one sheriff? What about our society, way of life and the everlasting attention given to crime activities by the news media? I respectfully admire Sheriff Jenkins for his continuing efforts despite the negative publicity. He is a real person with a family and family interests, as well as our sheriff, but he seems to manage both well and stay accessible and do an outstanding job. I am proud to be a supporter of Sheriff Jenkins, “The second toughest sheriff in America” (as quoted from Fox 5). He has the foresight to evaluate current and coming problems with a strong presence and knowledge, and ability to make a difference.

Sheriff Jenkins will get my vote on Nov. 4 — how about yours? Think about this: I’m afraid of the alternative.

Shari Kinna writes from Myersville.

(40) comments

DickD

I was sitting on the steps, at the football game last Thursday, wearing a Bickle T shirt. The deputy sheriff reached down, helped me up and smiled. He couldn't have been nicer and I know he must of been thinking; I hope Bickle wins!

A week ago Saturday, I was at the Latino Festival. There were many Latinos there, no Sheriff Jenkins. Bickle was there! They know they will get a "fair" hearing and opportunity with Bickle. The only FAIR you will get from Jenkins is the HATE group!

P.S. Everyone had a good time without Jenkins!

KellyAlzan

Jenkins, a man who lacks motivation.

Many people say that Jenkins has "street smarts" or "on the job training". Ok, let's talk about this. First of all both can be said about almost all police officers, so that's a silly statement if you really think about it. Jenkins ACTUALY hid from the street. To avoid doing actually work he purposely acted as a detective. He avoided the patrol roads. There is nothing heroic about his tenure as an entry level deputy/detective.

Jenkins never made it past the rank of deputy first class, a rank that is automatically given after a certain time period. Given. Not. Earned.

Jenkins has not made one attempt to excel, never even took a corporal exam. Never ever even filled in as an "acting corporal" while a corporal was on leave.

Jenkins never had a role in key decision making for the FCSO. He merely kept as low of a profile as possible while working as a deputy.

If Jenkins is so passionate about the FCSO then why did he never challange himself to rise through the ranks?


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In his nearly 16 years in the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Detective Chuck Jenkins has seen a lot: old-fashioned cattle rustling, grand theft tractor and thousands of more-pedestrian crimes. But he's never seen anything quite like his most recent whodunit: the case of the stolen bull semen.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110202814.html

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Who would have thought it would have been an inside job and fire departments in Pennsylvania would buy stolen equipment on Ebay.

Detective Jenkins said the break in the investigation came in mid-October when he was made aware of a Motorola fire pager being sold on eBay from a Walkersville address.

"When the investigation started to focus on the Internet sale of the pager, it was discovered that all of the stolen breathing apparatus and other communications equipment was sold from the same Walkersville address," the detective said.

The detective obtained records from eBay listing 2,100 e-mail addresses from Walkersville that access or use eBay. Sifting through the records, he identified dozens of sales of firefighting equipment and traced the sales back to Mr. Martinez.

Detective Jenkins said most of the items had been sold to fire companies or firefighters, from Pennsylvania to California.

"Each buyer was extremely cooperative when it was explained the equipment was stolen," and agreed to send it back, the detective said.

What property hadn't been sold was recovered at Mr. Martinez's home or in his vehicle.

Employed as a 911 dispatcher at the county's emergency communications center since March 2000, Mr. Martinez was fired from his job "immediately after he was interviewed by the police," according to Randy Waesche, director of the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center.

http://www.emsworld.com/news/10342021/police-firefighter-not-terrorists-took-fire-gear

KellyAlzan

"Detective Jenkins said the break in the investigation came in mid-October when he was made aware of a Motorola fire pager being sold on eBay from a Walkersville address."


LOL - it took someone else to make Jenkins aware of this!!!! Too funny!

Extra Ignored

Former governor Ehrlich didn't share your view and endorsed Grubb.

Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (R) has endorsed Republican Kevin Grubb for sheriff of Frederick County. Ehrlich served as governor of Maryland from 2003-2006.

In a press release sent by the Grubb campaign, Ehrlich stated “Having served as the Governor of the great state of Maryland, a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in the Maryland House of Delegates, I know how important it is to have a conservative Sheriff with strong leadership skills, a vision for the needs of the community, and someone who knows the value of proper training and commitment to excellence in public safety”.

“Kevin’s service in the U.S. Air Force and 24 years with the Frederick Police Department, serving as Deputy Chief of Police, provides him with the experience and community connections to make a difference in Frederick County,” added Ehrlich.

http://www.talkingmarylandpolitics.com/?p=721

FrederickVeteran

If you don't have reservations voting for a sheriff linked to hate groups and extremism chances are you share the same extremist ideology and require an advocate in law enforcement.

FrederickVeteran

The job of sheriff of Frederick County wasn't meant to be a intern position, we can't afford 4 more years of a shade tree sheriff at the helm.

FrederickVeteran

Considering voting for a white supremacist linked sheriff in a county that's 85% white with a crime rate rivaling counties with a minority majority would be appointing a Muslim to run Smithfield assinie.

FrederickVeteran

A white supremacist linked sheriff with unlimited resources from his tea party brethren on the bocc that's been unable to stop urban drug dealers dealing death in Frederick County should have his hood confiscated.

FrederickVeteran

Frederick County with a population of 225k residents experienced 21 heroin deaths last year conversely PG County with a population of 900k residents experienced 21 herion deaths last year. Either PG county residents are more responsible or we have one the worst sheriffs in America protecting our communities.

FrederickVeteran

Only two ways a degree less unprompted private could avoid the proven conservative path to sheriff in America one is affirmation action the other is to run in Frederick County, MD.

FrederickVeteran

Unpromoted.

Extra Ignored

Did the ethics commission give Jenkins trip to Texas the once over before he went.

John Mathias, the county's attorney, reviewed the offer and didn't shoot it down entirely. However, he pointed to ethics provisions that bar county officials from receiving gifts from people seeking to do business with the county or who have financial interests that could be affected by the official's actions. There are also other rules related to lobbying that might come into play, he said.

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/political-notes-activist-presses-county-to-accept-free-travel-to/article_adcf1a88-b5c7-5b9d-8ea3-f5312a646d18.html

jerseygrl42

tempest in a teapot

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An honest man values ethical behavior.

“If it wasn’t ethical, they’d make it illegal,” [Blaine Young] said of state lawmakers.

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/business_topics/building/article_7b8ee3d6-5fba-55a7-8609-825fd8e8b38d.html

jerseygrl42

Sheriff Jenkins is a hard working , honest man who does his best every day to protect the citizens of this county and he deserves rte-election

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If Jenkins was an honest man he would explain to you that immigration enforcement is beyond his pay grade. Jenkins witnessed the federal authorities handling the border issues. Frederick County got out of the nursing home business because it was almost the only county with a nursing home but Frederick County is the only county footing the bill to house detainees for federal deportation proceedings. This costs county tax payers money because federal reimbursement is not 100% of the expense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7bUkpyQgzc

b1sellers

He supports Blaine Young - that speaks volumes.

FrederickVeteran

Hardworking and honesty are attributes for a paper boy we need an experienced, strategtic, respected sheriff.

Boyce Rensberger

If you want to find a large group of people who do not support Jenkins for re-election, look among the deputies themselves. When you see one, ask how he or she feels.

I've done this several times, and every one has made it clear that they are ashamed of Jenkins and do not approve of his leadership. One told me he was counting down the days until he can retire. Another told me he has never seen morale in the department so low.

Dwasserba

"I'm afraid of the alternative" ???
I was thinking a lot of the sheriff's supporters fear stuff and here it is.

Boyce Rensberger

I hope people note that neither of today's two letters supporting Jenkins can cite one single accomplishment of his eight years in office. They write only about how they feel.

Fact is, their feelings show a false sense of security. Jenkins has allowed serious crime to increase by 23 percent in the part of the county for which he is responsible, even as the Frederick city police have cut crime in their jurisdiction by 7 percent.

Those are real numbers from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. They are the standard way of measuring the effectiveness of any police force.

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Meanwhile we're suppose to vote for Jenkins because many years ago he neglected his family and volunteered on Sundays at the Sheriff's Youth Ranch.

sannjenkins

Let it be known Sheriff Jenkins has never neglected his family! I find your comment out of line!

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Many years ago, Sheriff Jenkins volunteered on Sunday afternoons at the Maryland Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch in Frederick County. He could have spent that time at home with his family,

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/locations/local/frederick_county/frederick/be-thankful-for-sheriff-jenkins/article_4b5ced5c-7572-567c-9709-a1b7738acfd0.html

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The law of the land has tiers. Violations of immigration law can not be tried in State court. They have to be tried in Federal court.

In FY 2013:

ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals.

ICE conducted 133,551 removals of individuals apprehended in the interior of the U.S. 82 percent of all interior removals had been previously convicted of a crime.

ICE conducted 235,093 removals of individuals apprehended along our borders while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S.

59 percent of all ICE removals, a total of 216,810, had been previously convicted of a crime. ICE apprehended and removed 110,115 criminals removed from the interior of the U.S.

ICE removed 106,695 criminals apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S.

98 percent of all ICE FY 2013 removals, a total of 360,313, met one or more of ICE's stated civil immigration enforcement priorities.

Of the 151,834 removals of individuals without a criminal conviction, 84 percent, or 128,398, were apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S. and 95 percent fell within one of ICE's stated immigration enforcement priorities.

https://www.ice.gov/removal-statistics/

jerseygrl42

...and the one letter supporting bickel as most of those printed previously never mention anything about bickel...I wonder why they only are able to throw stones at Sheriff Jenkins and those are typically about issues over which he has NO control, but they have nothing of substance to offer as to why / how bickel is the better candidate ???

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There have been many letters supporting Bickel talking about his experience in writing policy and standards for law enforcement.

Police chiefs and sheriffs may want to ask themselves—if after hiring officers in the spirit of adventure, who have been exposed to action oriented police dramas since their youth, and sending them to an academy patterned after a military boot camp, then dressing them in black battle dress uniforms and turning them loose in a subculture steeped in an “us versus them” outlook toward those they serve and protect, while prosecuting the war on crime, war on drugs, and now a war on terrorism—is there any realistic hope of institutionalizing community policing as an operational philosophy?

Karl Bickel
Senior Policy Analyst
The COPS Office

http://cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/12-2013/will_the_growing_militarization_of_our_police_doom_community_policing.asp

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Jenkins substitutes hiding the wrongful acts of his deputies for good policies.

The sheriff's office did not notify the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office about the shooting as required by state law, according to the state's attorney's response to a Public Information Act request from The Frederick News-Post.

In response to the information request, Smith said his office became aware of the death a number of hours after the shooting through "collateral sources."

The law does not outline any penalties for failure to make a notification.

Jenkins said in April he didn't know why the notification wasn't initially made.

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/ex-courthouse-deputy-charged-in-wife-s-death/article_99357ce2-5a4c-54a7-b16e-395e8507dd5b.html

MCEDDE21

Ms. Kinna writes: “…lawsuits against officers are definitely worse than they used to be. To what do we attribute this — one sheriff?”

Yes. That is correct. The Sheriff is responsible for the deaths of Jarrel Gray, Ethan Saylor, and Daniel Vail as well as an increasing number of suicides at the FCADC. The Sheriff is responsible for the Roxana Santos debacle and lawsuit. He is responsible for his deputies who commit assault on their wives, who drive drunk, or who engage in other felonious activities.

The Sheriff’s job is not simply to “back his deputies.” His job is to train them, to lead them, to motivate them, and to discipline them. His job is to promote a mutually supportive relationship between law enforcement and the community, in order to reduce crime and improve public safety. It appears that he has failed in each of those responsibilities.

b1sellers

There should be a like button.

threecents

Funny that the LTE states we should "let our gut feelings guide us in making the right decisions as we cast our ballots." That sounds just like the Sheriff's training method for deputies. Let your gut feelings guide you, rather than education. That is not surprising for a sheriff with just a high school education, and that philosophy is why the sheriff's office is failing us.

BlueDawn666

I want to focus on election of the sheriff, and, yes, I am voting without reservation for the current sheriff of Frederick County, Chuck Jenkins....BUT WHY?..and she never really did give a good reason she is voting for Chuckles did she.

He may not have a college degree, as some have found fault with him, but he has lots of experience in real-life situations and the innate ability to make decisions when needed without hesitation or the need to seek a written reference....This is kinda like saying that he uses his psychic abilities to make decisions...so basically he makes decisions by the seat of his pants, shoots from the hip, and then crosses his fingers and hopes it was the right decision, I wonder does Chuckles also read his horoscope every morning and consult his crystal ball as well you know before making these decisions? Perhaps he consults a Ouija board as well? Throws down some Tarot cards for a quick read? Who knows where he gets those innate abilities?

Having been a former law enforcement officer, I do understand these matters, and I can state that the drug problems, immigration issues and lawsuits against officers are definitely worse than they used to be. To what do we attribute this — one sheriff? What about our society, way of life and the everlasting attention given to crime activities by the news media? ...So let's blame the victim now...oh no even better let's blame the lamestream media..now who was it that tried that.. Sarah Palin..so Shari Kinna is a Sarah Palin wanna be? Could be? Not sure how reporting on crime causes crime but hey if Sarah Palin says so then it must be true.

He has taken a lot of flak over his decision to travel to Texas to get a firsthand look at the immigration crisis.
We should give him praise for caring enough to take the time to do this, knowing that what happens there is going to eventually have a great impact on what happens here in Frederick County.....So if Shari could of some way explained how that trip would of had a great impact on Frederick County, but she didn't, then well it would not be so easy to read what the whole intent behind her letter was, which is that Shari Kinna is just another one of those angry white-people that Chuckles is the leader of.

The real reason and of course Shari Kinna could not come right out and say it is she is afraid of the brown-skinned people and if Chuckles does not get re-elected well then those brown-skinned people will just run amok.

Not so sure a owner of a beauty salon in Myersville should be slamming on probably a good percentage of her client base..then again maybe they aren't any of her client base?

vicdavy

[thumbup] Blue. After the news of the last few years concerning Police abuse of citizens,I am getting a bumper sticker that says"Don't Shoot,Officer,I'm White"

BlueDawn666

No kidding...I think you may have hit on a million dollar idea there Vic.[thumbup]

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What you need is a FOP license plate and a black vest with Deputy Sheriff in glow in the dark white letters on the back to keep you from being shot. In Frederick County anyone else is an opportunist and less important than property.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-01-12/news/bs-md-sun-investigates-plates-20130110_1_specialty-plates-law-enforcement-fop-member

b1sellers

Too bad this is so close to the truth that it makes it scarier than funnier!

Sallyforth

I am not an educated person and even I can see that Jenkins is in over his head. Get rid of the good old boy sheriff by voting for a real law enforcement professional. Vote for Karl Bickel for Sheriff.

Extra Ignored

I am an educated person and I find Chuck Jenkins "brain in the jar" mentality revolting.

So what made you leave law enforcement. Your Facebook page says you live in Wolfsville and you studied at the State Police Academy but you sell Avon in Myersville.

Has Chuck Jenkins promised you a job if he is reelected.

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