About the Sheriff:
Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins, Sheriff of Frederick County
Three term incumbent Sheriff, 28 years of law enforcement experience here at home in Frederick County. Dedicated lawman in touch with the citizens that he proudly serves. Known in this county as “The people’s Sheriff”.
Chuck (as he is known to all) is a lifelong resident of Frederick County, growing up in Frederick, graduating from Frederick High School in 1974. He is the oldest of five children to Mr. Gordon and Joy Jenkins, who still reside in Frederick.
His professional career began in the communications satellite industry, where he worked for 16 years before beginning a career in law enforcement.
Chuck was hired as a deputy Sheriff with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 by Sheriff Robert C. Snyder, attending the Harford County Law Enforcement Training Academy. Following his academy training, Chuck was assigned to the uniform patrol division, where he excelled in criminal investigations. In 1993 he was assigned to criminal investigations as an investigator, where his career expanded. His passion for doing the job resulted in the closure of many cases, resulting in the arrest and successful prosecution of many violent and repeat criminal offenders.
During his career as a detective, he investigated and closed many local, high profile cases specializing in person crimes to include homicide and death investigation, sex crimes, child physical abuse, and child sexual assault. Throughout this period, he successfully completed several dozens of specialized law enforcement trainings in the various fields of criminal investigations. He served as a general instructor for the Sheriff’s Office on several topics, and was also master firearms instructor and hostage/crisis negotiator.
In November 2006, Chuck was elected to the Office of Sheriff for Frederick County, largest county by square mile in Maryland, now home to a population of over 240,000. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency in the county. The Office of Sheriff also oversees the operation of the Frederick County Adult Detention including central booking and work release, and provides civil process service and security for the courts in Frederick County.
Sheriff Jenkins is currently serving his 3rd term as Sheriff. He is a 2007 graduate of the National Sheriff’s Leadership Institute and has become an active voice and recognized leader in the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA). He currently sits on the Homeland Security Committee and the Immigration and Border Committee of the NSA. Through his strong stance on the enforcement of immigration laws, a secure southern border, and trans-national criminal gangs, the Sheriff has built a national profile of being a “law and order” Sheriff. Over the years, Fox News has named Sheriff Jenkins as “America’s second Toughest Sheriff on Illegal Immigration”.
Sheriff Jenkins has testified numerous time before Congressional Committees on illegal immigration issues, several times beside the families of victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens. In 2013, he testified before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in strong opposition to the Maryland Firearms Act, and opposes senseless new knee-jerk gun legislation. In 2014, his testimony before the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee was instrumental in blocking passage of what was termed the “Maryland Trust Act, which in reality was a “Sanctuary State” bill. In 2017, and again in 2018, the Sheriff’s testimony and work with lawmakers played a key role in blocking “Sanctuary State” legislation.
The Sheriff has established his credibility as being very fiscally responsible, each and every year for 11 years returning a large budget surplus back to the county coffers. Known to everyone as “The People’s Sheriff”, the Sheriff prides himself on always being accessible, available, and in touch with Frederick County citizens. He is constantly hosting and attending meetings with groups and organizations throughout the county.
This Sheriff is a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment and firearm ownership rights, more importantly the right to self-protection wherever a person has a legal right to be. He remains very active in the Frederick County community in a number of organizations, and is involved in several local charitable and non-profit events. He maintains a large footprint in the community.
He served on the Frederick County Republican Central Committee from 1999 through 2006, five of those as chairman. He has received numerous public service awards from local organizations including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Frederick High School in 2013, and the President’s Medal from Mount Saint Mary’s University the spring of 2014.
CURRENT COMMITTEES / AFFILIATIONS
National Sheriff’s Association since 2006
Homeland Security Committee
Immigration and Border Security Committee
Maryland Sheriff’s Association since 2006
Lewistown District Volunteer Fire Department, life member and former president
Junior Fire Company # 2
Independent Hose Company #1
Lewistown Ruritan Club
Monocacy Pistol Club
Frederick County Farm Bureau