Top job for longtime Md. deputy sheriff
Montgomery County voters elected Darren Popkin yesterday as Democratic candidate for sheriff.
Popkin has served for more than 10 years as chief deputy to Montgomery's long-time sheriff, Raymond Kight, who earlier decided to retire after six terms. No Republicans ran for the office, according to the county's board of elections.
Based on voting results posted early this morning, Popkin received 44 percent of the vote, ahead of Edward Clarke (29 percent), Tom Falcinelli Jr. (17 percent) and Norman Brissett (10 percent).
Kight had endorsed Popkin.
In Montgomery, the sheriff's office has fewer law enforcement duties than it does in many other jurisdictions. Citizens are more apt to come in contact with an officer from the county's police department.
The sheriff's office also does not run the jails, as it does in other jurisdictions. Among the office's key functions: Serving court papers, guarding courtrooms and courthouses and tracking down fugitives.
In recent years, the office has tried to take on a more active law enforcement bent: Helping set up a family law unit, for example. On his campaign website, Popkin touted this trend:
All Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff's are now trained at the Montgomery County Public Safety Academy and certified as police officers by the Maryland Police Training Commission. The Sheriff's Office SWAT team, K-9 explosive detection teams, and hostage negotiators deploy throughout the county in cooperation with the Montgomery County Police Department. Our deputies now serve in major regional Federal, State and County law enforcement task forces including the U.S. Marshal Service's Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF), and the Police Department's Firearms and Gang Task Forces.
-- Dan Morse
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