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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 recommended FY24 Operating Budget for the Sheriff's Office is $29,117,657, an increase of $2,177,445 or 8.08 percent from the FY23 Approved Budget of $26,940,212. Personnel Costs comprise 79.92 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 20.08 percent of the FY24 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 FY23 estimates reflect funding based on the FY23 approved budget. The FY24 and FY25 figures are performance targets based on the FY24 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY25.



  • Add funds to support one-time equipment costs including a Live Scan Finger Print system, envelope folding machine, mobile phone equipment replacement, and replacement of outdated computer equipment.
  • Expand Wi-Fi coverage in the Circuit Court terrace level to support improved work productivity.
  • Implement a new paperless Intake and Record-keeping system for the Family Justice Center.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Sheriff's Office welcomed the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP), a new on-site legal services partner at the Family Justice Center. DCVLP provides pro bono legal representation and advice to victims of domestic violence in Protective Order cases as well as family law proceedings.
  • In partnership with the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and many other County and community partners, hosted RespectFest 2022 to raise awareness about teen dating violence and educate teens about where they can get help and how to help a friend. More than 2,000 people participated across the virtual and in-person offerings.
  • The Family Justice Center in partnership with the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, created the "Walk In Their Shoes" exhibition in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  • Nearly 2,000 victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County received services through the Family Justice Center.

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 Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages16848847.0017100545.00 15819978.00 17636029.003.1
Employee Benefits5155457.004839550.00 4317803.00 5048092.004.3
County General Fund Personnel Costs22004304.0021940095.00 20137781.00 22684121.003.4
Operating Expenses4131698.004066580.00 4133215.00 5530312.0036.0
County General Fund Expenditures26136002.0026006675.00 24270996.00 28214433.008.5
Full-Time182.00181.00 181.00 181.000.0
Part-Time5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
FTEs187.62186.62 186.62 187.000.2
Other Charges/Fees1034.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Sheriff Fees444497.00800000.00 800000.00 800000.000.0
Other Intergovernmental127713.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues-2213.004000.00 4000.00 4000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues571031.00824000.00 824000.00 824000.000.0
Salaries and Wages407321.00486088.00 486088.00 462002.00-5.0
Employee Benefits117549.00130324.00 130324.00 124097.00-4.8
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs524870.00616412.00 616412.00 586099.00-4.9
Operating Expenses371391.00317125.00 317125.00 317125.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures896261.00933537.00 933537.00 903224.00-3.2
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs5.185.14 5.14 4.76-7.4
Miscellaneous Revenues11747.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Federal Grants785396.00933537.00 933537.00 903224.00-3.2
State Grants22872.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues820015.00933537.00 933537.00 903224.00-3.2
Total Expenditures27032263.0026940212.00 25204533.00 29117657.008.1
Total Full-Time Positions190.00189.00 189.00 189.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Total FTEs192.80191.76 191.76 191.760.0
Total Revenues1391046.001757537.00 1757537.00 1727224.00-1.7
FY24 Recommended Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: One-time increase to Purchase Envelope Folding Machine to Increase Work Productivity [Civil Process]100000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY24 Compensation Adjustment22899230.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY23 Compensation Increases9364160.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment953240.00
Increase Cost: Body Worn Cameras and Tasers Contract Adjustment [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]601610.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment355020.00
Increase Cost: Child Support Grant Match [Criminal Process/Warrants and Extraditions]345990.19
Increase Cost: Shift Compensation Cost Increases from the Grant Fund to the General Fund [Domestic Violence]303130.19
Increase Cost: Replacement of Ballistic Vests [Domestic Violence]266000.00
Increase Cost: One-time Increase to Accomodate Live Scan Fingerprint System [Administration]209270.00
Increase Cost: Wi-Fi Coverage Circuit Court Terrace Level to Improve Work Productivity [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]200000.00
Increase Cost: Three Percent Inflationary Adjustment to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Administration]189370.00
Increase Cost: One-time Increase to Replace Outdated Computers [Administration]75000.00
Increase Cost: Microsoft Office Licenses - Training Room Computers [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]56470.00
Increase Cost: One-time Increase to Replace End-of-life Mobile Phone Equipment [Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport]45000.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail28980.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY23-129850.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY23 Personnel Costs-6591850.00
Re-align: One-time Lapse Adjustment to Reflect Higher Than Average Vacancies [Administration]-7193190.00
FY24 RECOMMENDED28214433187.00
Federal/State Programs
Reduce: Shift Compensation Cost Increases from the Grant Fund to the General Fund-30313-0.38
FY24 RECOMMENDED9032244.76
Program Summary
Program NameFY23 APPR
Civil Process272964523.54285930223.64
Courtroom/Courthouse Security and Transport1072549786.001341889086.50
Criminal Process/Warrants and Extraditions241872420.44252096220.50
Domestic Violence457479735.30511118536.76
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY24 Recommended28214.00000028214.00000028214.00000028214.00000028214.00000028214.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY240.000000-112.000000-112.000000-112.000000-112.000000-112.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY24 including the replacement of outdated computers, Live Scan Fingerprinting, Envelope Folding Machine, replacement of end-of-life mobile phone equipment; replacement of ballistic vests, wi-fi coverage on Circuit Court Terrace Level; and Child Support Grant Position will be eliminated from the base in the out-years.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase719.000000719.000000719.000000719.000000719.000000719.000000
Restores one-time lapse adjustment due to higher-than-average vacancies.
Labor Contracts0.000000652.000000652.000000652.000000652.000000652.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures28933.00000029473.00000029473.00000029473.00000029473.00000029473.000000