After more than two decades as a Frederick police officer, Kevin Grubb is looking for a way to get back into public service.
The Republican will run for Frederick County Council District 1, he said, in order to continue his involvement in the community. Now that his sons are in college or have graduated, he added, it seemed like a good time to run for office.
“It’s time for us to take our next step, and this is the next step for me,” Grubb said.
Grubb was an officer from 1989 to 2013, he said, noting that he helped create budgets and negotiate contracts as part of his duties, which he believed would help him if elected to the council.
“I’ve always liked to make things happen and solve problems,” he said.
Public safety remains a top issue for Grubb, he said, adding that it was a factor in many other policy issues, such as school construction. If he were on the council, he said, he would like to see schools designed with safety features in mind as opposed to trying to retrofit at added expense after they’re built.
Another priority that could help strengthen public safety, he said, was making sure county government was accessible and proactive about getting information out to residents. For example, Grubb said he would like to see more county forms easily available online.
Grubb would like to expand the county’s notification system and increase ways for the public to give feedback. Frederick County has in place an emergency notification system, the Frederick County Government TV station and an option on its website to receive by email County Council agendas, announcements and documents.
As public information relates to the opioid crisis, he would advocate to publish a map that shows where overdoses and drug arrests occur. Grubb noted that the police department had published something similar. When asked if that might lead to privacy concerns, he said it would not include addresses or names.
The idea of the map, he continued, would be to create awareness of the problem.
“Anything you can use to make it more personal,” Grubb said.
Grubb said his perspective and governmental experience as a police officer and U.S. Air Force veteran set him apart from the others in the District 1 race, Democratic incumbent Jerry Donald and Republican contender Dylan Diggs.
Grubb served in the military from 1984 to 1988, where he said he got experience with the federal government. He was also involved at the state level as a police officer. He listed as one of his accomplishments working with state lawmakers, helping to change policies on court dates for traffic violations.
In 2010, the state faced severe budget cuts and was looking for ways to trim expenditures. Grubb was part of a group that aimed to save money by making it so that traffic violation defendants did not automatically get a court date. While they can still request a date, having it not be automatic saved on officer overtime because officers would not have to show up in court when the defendant had already paid their fine, Grubb said.
“We always had to work with politicians and the elected officials,” Grubb said. “We all had to work together to make things happen.”
Council members serve four-year terms and currently earn $22,500 annually.
The 2018 primary election is on June 26, and the general election follows on Nov. 6.