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.