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Mades to lead Md. Sheriff's Association

October 10, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades has been elected president of the Maryland State Sheriff's Association for 2003-04.

"It's a great honor to be elected by your peers, knowing they appreciate your commitment to this organization," Mades said Thursday.

Mades assumed leadership in September at the annual conference of the 250-plus member organization, which is made up of elected sheriffs and their full-time deputies.

Goals of the organization, which is based in Annapolis, include exchanging information and exerting influence in the legislative arena to further the needs of enforcement officials and the safety of the public.

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One of the issues expected to come up during the 2004 legislative session is domestic violence, which the association strongly feels should be handled with zero tolerance, Mades said.

Currently in his fifth term as sheriff of Washington County, Mades, 63, previously served as treasurer of the state organization and then in 1999, was president of the Maryland State Sheriff's Association Institute, the branch of the group that raises funds for training.

First elected in 1986 after a 25-year career with the Maryland State Police, Mades now heads a department employing 208 people with an annual budget exceeding $12.8 million.

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