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Mission Statement

The mission of the Sheriff's Office is to provide general law enforcement, judicial enforcement, and specialized public safety services to the residents of Montgomery County in a lawful, fair, impartial, and non-discriminatory manner; and to ensure that Court mandates are carried out with respect for individual rights and freedoms. The Sheriff's Office is committed to establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with all other law enforcement, governmental, and criminal justice agencies, and the Courts to ensure that the residents of Montgomery County receive the full range of law enforcement services required for a safe and orderly society.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Sheriff's Office is $26,436,717, an increase of $875,396 or 3.42 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $25,561,321. Personnel Costs comprise 84.53 percent of the budget for 190 full-time position(s) and five part-time position(s), and a total of 192.80 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 15.47 percent of the FY22 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods


Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.



  • Collaborating with the Montgomery County Department of Technology Services to make Intake and Recordkeeping at the Family Justice Center, fully electronic and paperless.
  • Development of a training institute on Domestic Violence Dynamics, Domestic Violence and the Workplace, How to Talk to Children About Dating Violence, and Bystander Intervention at the Family Justice Center.
  • Continue to explore partnerships between the Family Justice Center, the County and other non-profit agencies to provide enhanced services for victims of domestic violence who are also substance abusers.
  • To address attrition and the rate of recruitment, the Sheriff's Office will increase each of the two recruitment classes by one.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Family Justice Center (FJC) served 1,652 victims of intimate partner violence. The clients ranged in age from 15 to 83, with the majority being between the ages of 18 and 35. The FJC provided the services in 20 different languages (English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Latvian, Mandarin, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba).
  • Rotational telework, social distancing, and routine disinfecting protocols were immediately put in place at the Family Justice Center to ensure victims could safely receive the same critical, wraparound care that has always been available at the FJC during this time. The Center also set up a dedicated safe e-mail account (safe@montgomerycountymd.gov) so that victims of abuse could discreetly send an e-mail to the FJC if they could not safely make a phone call. A 20% decline in victims seeking services at the FJC was initially observed in April and May of 2020, but by June, the number of clients rebounded back to pre-COVID levels and continued to increase throughout the summer.
  • In collaboration with the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, the FJC finalized and implemented an agreement to expand the Safe Keep Program, which provides emergency shelter for pets of domestic violence victims. Staff from the FJC and from the Animal Services and Adoption Center also participated in a joint training on the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.
  • In collaboration with Chesapeake Counseling Associates (CCA), FJC adapted the highly successful Safe Start Summer Camp program to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Since summer camps were widely shut down this year, CCA mailed activity kits to more than 30 children for use in therapeutic, summer camp-style group activities that were done virtually through Zoom.
  • Utilizing best practices, the FJC revamped its website to make it more user-friendly and accessible to clients and the general public. New features include a quick exit button, resource pages, and embedded links to allied agency websites.
  • The FJC Volunteer and Internship Program accepted 16 volunteers and interns who completed 558 hours of service until the program was temporarily suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Program Descriptions


This division provides general administrative support to the Sheriff's Office including personnel and labor relation matters, planning and policy, training, background investigations, payroll, purchasing, internal investigations, automation, grants, and budget-related functions. The Administrative Division provides technical support for the Sheriff's Records Management System (E*Justice). The Administrative Division also oversees the...

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  Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport

The Sheriff's Office is responsible for transporting inmates between the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF), Montgomery County Detention Center (MCDC), and various jails and court-holding facilities, as well as to and from healthcare facilities. The Sheriff's Office also guards inmates while at these facilities. When a writ is received from...

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  Civil Process

The Sheriff's Office is mandated to serve all civil processes as directed by the Courts or private litigants and file returns to the Court. These papers include summonses, subpoenas, failure-to-pay rent notices, and other court documents. The Civil Process function is supported by deputies, who research and serve papers, and...

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  Criminal Process/Warrants and Extraditions

The Sheriff's Office is responsible for serving District Court civil warrants, District Court criminal warrants associated with domestic violence, all Circuit Court warrants, both adult and juvenile, and Child Support Enforcement warrants. The Warrant Section maintains on-line warrants in the following systems: Maryland Electronic Telecommunications Enforcement Resource System (METERS), National...

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  Domestic Violence

The Sheriff's Office is the lead agency in Montgomery County for serving court orders related to domestic violence, including Protective and Peace Orders. The Office is also responsible for serving Child Custody Orders. The Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Section serves domestic violence court orders 24 hours a day, seven days...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Mary Lou Wirdzek of the Sheriff's Office at 240.777.7078 or Taman Morris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2771 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages17186392.0015797510.00 16428763.00 16680115.005.6
Employee Benefits5707506.004980910.00 4971279.00 5081391.002.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs22893898.0020778420.00 21400042.00 21761506.004.7
Operating Expenses3018945.003879255.00 3961890.00 3771565.00-2.8
Capital Outlay59784.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures25972627.0024657675.00 25361932.00 25533071.003.6
Full-Time182.00182.00 182.00 182.000.0
Part-Time5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
FTEs187.89187.89 187.89 187.62-0.1
Facility Rental Fees0.00500.00 500.00 500.000.0
Federal Grants2000.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues16530.004000.00 4000.00 4000.000.0
Other Charges/Fees13029.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Other Intergovernmental0.0020460.00 20460.00 20460.000.0
Sheriff Fees729941.001200000.00 1200000.00 1200000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues761500.001244960.00 1244960.00 1244960.000.0
Salaries and Wages420911.00443136.00 443136.00 441580.00-0.4
Employee Benefits172224.00143385.00 143385.00 144941.001.1
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs593135.00586521.00 586521.00 586521.000.0
Operating Expenses194619.00317125.00 317125.00 317125.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures787754.00903646.00 903646.00 903646.000.0
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs4.914.91 4.91 5.185.5
Federal Grants685385.00903646.00 903646.00 903646.000.0
Other Intergovernmental21000.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants42572.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues748957.00903646.00 903646.00 903646.000.0
Total Expenditures26760381.0025561321.00 26265578.00 26436717.003.4
Total Full-Time Positions190.00190.00 190.00 190.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Total FTEs192.80192.80 192.80 192.800.0
Total Revenues1510457.002148606.00 2148606.00 2148606.000.0
FY22 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Reduce: Lapse Client Assistance Specialist for 6 months [Domestic Violence]-431100.00
Reduce: Entry Level Security Hours for Contract Security Officers [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]-1294700.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment6495250.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment3827320.00
Shift: Community Grants moved from Community Grants Non Departmental Account to Sheriff's Base Budget [Domestic Violence]1150000.00
Increase Cost: Increase Recruitment Class Sizes [Administration]1073520.00
Increase Cost: Promotional Exams [Administration]800000.00
Increase Cost: Structural Deficit - Security Contract [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]750000.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment465430.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment259040.00
Increase Cost: Implementation of Longevity Increment Pass-through to Deputy Sheriff Management Salary Scale [Administration]234640.00
Increase Cost: Ballistic Vests [Administration]230000.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-1300.00
Technical Adj: FTE Adjustment to Grants for Child Support and Protective Order [Administration]-1660-0.27
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs-1737600.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY21-3049940.00
FY22 APPROVED25533071187.62
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Technical Adj: FTE Adjustment from General Fund for Child Support and Protective Order [Administration]00.27
FY22 APPROVED9036465.18
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Civil Process242134022.50242969022.50
Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport965061677.50972612181.50
Criminal Process/Warrants and Extraditions254976822.00245011221.00
Domestic Violence503491442.25474311038.80
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY22 Approved25533.00000025533.00000025533.00000025533.00000025533.00000025533.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restoration of Costs to Pre-COVID-19 Levels0.000000129.000000129.000000129.000000129.000000129.000000
Restoration of costs that were eliminated in the operating budget development year to return to pre-COVID-19 service delivery levels.
Restore Client Assistance Specialist Position Lapsed in FY210.000000-95.000000-95.000000-95.000000-95.000000-95.000000
Position was lapsed in FY21 as part of the Sheriff's FY21 Revised Spending Plan. The Sheriff's Office will continue hold position vacant for the first half of FY22.
Labor Contracts0.000000514.000000514.000000514.000000514.000000514.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures25533.00000026081.00000026081.00000026081.00000026081.00000026081.000000