Sheriff sets longevity mark

Mades is first to be elected to 5 terms.

Mades is first to be elected to 5 terms.

December 05, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN - Charles F. Mades was sworn in Wednesday as the first five-term elected sheriff in Washington County history.

Surrounded by his extended family and a few close friends, Mades became emotional as he pondered the significance of that achievement.

"I had to work for it this time," Mades said, noting that he was opposed the Nov. 5 election by Tommy Bowers, a former county deputy and Smithsburg police chief.

Mades, 62, first ran for sheriff in 1986 after a 25-year career with the Maryland State Police.

At that first swearing-in ceremony, Mades recalled that the audience included his father, Charles D. Mades, himself a veteran state trooper; and his mother, Naomi.


Both of his parents have since died and Mades was feeling their absence as he took the oath of office from Dennis Weaver, clerk of the Washington County Circuit Court.

"I lost my dad in 2000 and then mom passed away the next year," Mades said.

Weaver said earlier this year that no other sheriff in Washington County history has served a full four terms in office.

Former Washington County Sheriff Charles Price served from 1958-1974 but didn't complete his fourth term, Weaver said.

With the election behind him, Mades said he is focusing his attention on getting the new patrol building completely operational, hopefully within the month.

He also is anticipating serious work beginning on establishing a centralized booking system, similar to one operating in neighboring Frederick County, Md.

There also will be salary and benefit issues to address in the next four years.

Mades said he will continue to provide a strong law enforcement presence so that Washington County will continue to be a safe place for residents to live and raise their families.

Mades said the Washington County Sheriff's Department has grown from a staff of 118 and a $2.7 million budget in 1987 to a staff of 198 employees with a $10.7 million budget in the current fiscal year.

The sheriff currently earns $55,000 a year. That will increase to $67,500 in January 2003.

Mades is married with three children and nine grandchildren.

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