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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 FY23 Operating Budget for the Sheriff's Office is $26,940,212, an increase of $503,495 or 1.90 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $26,436,717. Personnel Costs comprise 83.73 percent of the budget for 189 full-time position(s) and five part-time position(s), and a total of 191.76 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 16.27 percent of the FY23 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Effective, Sustainable Government


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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.



  • In accordance with Chapter 90 of 2021 from the Maryland General Assembly, the Sheriff's Office will reimburse reasonable and necessary veterinary treatment expenses for retired canines.
  • The Family Justice Center is working with the Montgomery County Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Services (TEBS) to develop paperless and fully electronic systems for intake and record-keeping. Full implementation of the new procedures is expected during the first half of FY23.
  • The Family Justice Center is developing a training institute that will cover topics such as Domestic Violence Dynamics, Domestic Violence in the Workplace, How to Talk to Children About Dating Violence, and Bystander Intervention. The Family Justice Center Training Institute is expected to launch in 2022 and will be available to the general public and Montgomery County employees.
  • The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council's Victim Services Committee has identified potential partners to provide enhanced services for victims of domestic violence who also abuse substances.
  • The Family Justice Center will continue to explore a partnership with the Shady Grove Medical Center's Forensic Nursing Unit to provide virtual forensic medical consultations to clients that have been abused or assaulted, either physically or sexually.
  • The Family Justice Center will continue to explore ways to acknowledge October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month via virtual and in-person awareness events and social media campaigns.
  • The Sheriff's Office will fill a vacant Principal Administrative Aide position that was previously lapsed, to coordinate the administrative responsibilities associated with Tenant Eviction Services.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Family Justice Center has remained open throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis. As of June 7, 2021, all Family Justice Center staff were brought back on-site full-time. Safety precautions such as disinfecting interview rooms between each use, requiring COVID-19-related screening questions and temperature checks for all visitors, and mandatory face coverings continued to be implemented to protect the health and safety of staff and clients.
  • The Family Justice Center launched the Family Violence Prevention Campaign in collaboration with partner agencies and stakeholders. Due to the public health crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic, its associated lockdowns, and the transition to more virtual public interactions, the dangers of family violence face are magnified. The campaign message of "Do You Feel Unsafe at Home?" is available in English and Spanish on all printed material and in French, Mandarin, Amharic, Korean, Swahili, Igbo, Arabic, Tagalog, Russian, Urdu, Hindi, Vietnamese, Farsi and Portuguese through electronic messaging. This fiscal year the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council will distribute over 48,000 awareness cards throughout the County.
  • RespectFest, which was part of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council's Choose Respect Initiative, took place virtually in April 2021 and included a keynote survivor speaker, workshops for middle school and high school students, Yoga and Self Defense Classes, and workshops for parents and youth serving providers. In addition, students could also engage in online activities that addressed issues like consent, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, how to help a friend, how to be an ally to LGBTQ+ folks, and technology abuse.

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 Domestic Violence Section serves domestic violence court orders 24 hours a day, seven days a week....

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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 Wages15899167.0016680115.00 16613025.00 17100545.002.5
Employee Benefits4957268.005081391.00 4957011.00 4839550.00-4.8
County General Fund Personnel Costs20856435.0021761506.00 21570036.00 21940095.000.8
Operating Expenses3733687.003771565.00 4393287.00 4066580.007.8
County General Fund Expenditures24590122.0025533071.00 25963323.00 26006675.001.9
Full-Time182.00182.00 182.00 181.00-0.6
Part-Time5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
FTEs187.89187.62 187.62 186.62-0.5
Facility Rental Fees0.00500.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
Other Charges/Fees8287.0020000.00 5000.00 20000.000.0
Sheriff Fees359706.001200000.00 500000.00 800000.00-33.3
Other Intergovernmental7468.0020460.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
Miscellaneous Revenues1144.004000.00 3000.00 4000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues376605.001244960.00 508000.00 824000.00-33.8
Salaries and Wages2590862.00441580.00 441580.00 486088.0010.1
Employee Benefits203384.00144941.00 144941.00 130324.00-10.1
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2794246.00586521.00 586521.00 616412.005.1
Operating Expenses250292.00317125.00 317125.00 317125.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures3044538.00903646.00 903646.00 933537.003.3
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs4.915.18 5.18 5.14-0.8
Miscellaneous Revenues21000.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Federal Grants2912395.00903646.00 903646.00 933537.003.3
Other Intergovernmental-21.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants-2184.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2931190.00903646.00 903646.00 933537.003.3
Total Expenditures27634660.0026436717.00 26866969.00 26940212.001.9
Total Full-Time Positions190.00190.00 190.00 189.00-0.5
Total Part-Time Positions5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Total FTEs192.80192.80 192.80 191.76-0.5
Total Revenues3307795.002148606.00 1411646.00 1757537.00-18.2
FY23 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Restoration of Lapsed Principal Administrative Aide to Support Tenant Eviction Services [Domestic Violence]431100.00
Enhance: Veterinary Treatment for Retired Canines [Civil Process]100000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases5139230.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment4204870.00
Increase Cost: Restoration of Pre-Covid Costs to the Security Budget [Administration]1294700.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment1071480.00
Increase Cost: Deputy Sheriff to Backfill MCGEO Reassignment [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]1047491.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Administration]467570.00
Increase Cost: Software Subscriptions [Administration]286020.00
Increase Cost: Replacement of Ballistic Vests [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]244120.00
Increase Cost: Differential Adjustments [Administration]194750.00
Technical Adj: Reversal of Elimination of One-time Item for Tasers (M3)177890.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment33550.00
Increase Cost: Subscription for Clear Software to Automate Scheduling and Performance Reviews [Criminal Process/Warrants and Extraditions]30550.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of Long-term Vacancies [Administration]0-2.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY22-177890.00
Decrease Cost: Promotional Exams - Every Other Year [Administration]-800000.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-1867830.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-7141560.00
FY23 APPROVED26006675186.62
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Technical Adj: Protective Order Enforcement Grant Adjustment [Domestic Violence]29891-0.04
FY23 APPROVED9335375.14
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Civil Process242969022.50272964523.54
Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport972612181.501072549786.00
Criminal Process/Warrants and Extraditions245011221.00241872420.44
Domestic Violence474311038.80457479735.30
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY23 Approved26007.00000026007.00000026007.00000026007.00000026007.00000026007.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY230.000000-13.000000-13.000000-13.000000-13.000000-13.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including certain operating expenses for new Deputy Sheriff position, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000932.000000932.000000932.000000932.000000932.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures26007.00000026926.00000026926.00000026926.00000026926.00000026926.000000