The “Our View” of June 10 admonishes protesters to “start pushing officials at every level to make meaningful change. And that begins by talking to those elected officials, even if you do not agree with them.”

I have spoken numerous times through letters to the editor in this newspaper, written comments and personal testimony at Frederick County Council meetings, and group letters to County Executive Jan Gardner, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, the County Health Official Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, and County Council members about the lack of accountability and oversight of Sheriff Jenkins, specifically regarding his unilateral decision to enter agreements with ICE, rubber-stamped by the county executive.

Most recently, I have sent three Public Information Act requests to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center asking for specific actions taken to prevent COVID-19 in that facility. After three responses declining to provide the information unless I pay anywhere from $25 to $300, I received the simple answer that “there is no COVID-19 in the FCADC.” That’s wonderful news. Where is the Health Department report? “Trust but verify” – Ronald Reagan

Sheriff Jenkins has declared his jail the safest place for anyone to be during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet he provides no documentation. Worse, the county executive and council members shrug and gaze at the sky because — they say as one — “we have no jurisdiction over the sheriff.” Meanwhile, prisons and jails coast-to-coast report the public health menace of COVID-19 among detainees, staff, and law enforcement personnel.

Sheriff Jenkins acts with impunity. Not only must he be voted out in 2022 (if we can last that long); the very office of sheriff must be abolished statewide.

(19) comments

des21

At some point Sheriff Jenkins (and his perennial opponent Mr. Bickel) will age-out of the position so no worries, change is coming. The both have got to be close to or over 65.

Rather than caring about a temporary thing like COVID I would stress the need to vote out Charlie Smith given the ridiculous charging being done by the DA office in Frederick. People are charged with so many things (seems like everything they can think of) so they will plead out and do some time. It makes the prosecutor look unbeatable but it is a manipulation and an abuse of the system.

President Trump (and no President before him BTW, just saying haters) addressed sentencing reform to stop some of the abuse on that end at least Federally. Now we need to demand changes in charging practices.

BTW, someone needs to explain to me how and why having city of Frederick police patrol the entire county would be an improvement on the current policing practice. That seems like a recipe for no policing and are they such great dispensers of justice? How? Why?

sdm817

Considering that the Sheriff has won the last four elections (I believe some kind of record), it would seem you are the one out of touch.. Your last comment just proves the idiocy of the left. Pure garbage.

threecents

Sdm, While I do not support the sheriff or the agreement he made with ICE, I agree that the majority of Frederick support the sheriff and his policies: he does represent the people. Would I like the sheriff's office closed and the city police office expanded to cover the county? Absolutely, but, again, I am probably in the minority on that too.

phydeaux994

Over those four elections Sheriff Jenkins margin of victory has dropped steadily as the politics of Frederick County has moderated toward the Center. He won with a 3% margin of victory opposed to 20%+ in his first election. Unless he runs unopposed next time he could be in for a battle.

yogib

Well Written. Thank you for pointing out that the Sheriff is no longer relevant to the current times. Such an office indeed should be disbanded and a County police Department created with civilian oversight. Having the Sheriff elected leads to a ill-trained and uneducated work force led by an ill trained and uneducated politician.

FrederickFan

The county executive and the county council have no authority over the Sheriff. The sheriff is an elected official and is accountable to you. You will continue to be frustrated if you think otherwise.

bosco

[thumbup][ninja]

niceund

Abolish the sheriff? This would be funny if it wasn't so serious. Good luck finding someone to protect you if you abolish law enforcement.

bosco

How's it working out in the CHOP zone in Seattle? One young black man shot and killed and another shot and in critical condition. And the police responding to the 911 call were met with rocks and bottles thrown at them. It's the Lord of the Flies in action and once they start eating their own, it won't last. Some "Summer of Love" predicted by the mayor. [ninja]

des21

When they come down with this virus who are they going to call? The CHOP first responders? I doubt it. Like little children they are they will call the Mommy/Daddy state they profess to despise. Yawn,

Then again, with a fatality rate on .26 (see CDC) they will probably be okay even if they get it. As will the rest of us.

jsklinelga

Sea Raven

Admittedly your name causes one to wonder at your seriousness and credibility but your actions speak otherwise. I commend you for your efforts. Although you may feel frustrated by the less than satisfying results you desire your continued persistence must cause some to consider your concerns. That is a positive and a good example.

neilyoungfan25

Obviously Sea uses a fake name to write trashy letters because he/she does not have the guts to sign her/him own name. Totally disregard this crap

olefool

uhhhhhh... That's her name!!!

Dwasserba

I think if I had such an evocative last name I might have been more whimsical with our daughter's first name. "Sea Wasserbach" just isn't the same.

public-redux

neilyoungfan,

Hilarious takedown of Mr. Anti-Pseudonym.

Your adoring public

Blueline

Well, back in the 70's I went to a Grateful Dead concert with a woman named Sea Shell. Anyway, I believe that is Ms. Raven's actual name, she is affiliated with the religious community of some church in Frederick.

threecents

Can y'all please stop talking about her name?[offtopic]

mrnatural1

I agree threecents -- let's talk about the Grateful Dead. [wink]

public-redux

“Admittedly your name causes one to wonder at your seriousness and credibility ...”

Why? What’s in a name?

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