104 Vickers Drive, Unit B
Chestertown, MD 21620
An Accredited Law Enforcement Agency
The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is a “full service” agency responsible
for enforcing the laws of the State of Maryland within the County.The
Sheriff is also responsible for serving legal papers at the direction
of the District and Circuit Courts of the County, providing security
for the Circuit Court, and enforcing the Courts' orders.
The men and women of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated
to service through superior performance.We believe mutual respect,
trust and pride in our organization, combined with traditional
values and innovative techniques, will ensure the community’s
right to a safe environment.
The men and women of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office are bound
by a high standard of conduct, as exemplified in the following
Life - We believe the protection of life is our highest
- We believe in individual human dignity and the preservation
of human rights under the rule and spirit of law, always treating
others as we would like to be treated.
- We believe in maintaining the public trust by holding
ourselves accountable to the highest moral and ethical standards.
Fairness - We believe in the delivery of service that provides
fair and equal treatment to all citizens without regard to age,
gender, race, creed, color, religion or national origin.
- We believe in order to provide effective service we
must develop and maintain the confidence of the community.
- We believe in working in partnership with the community
and each other to identify and resolve problems and issues which
affect the safety of our citizens.
Loyalty - We believe in an allegiance to the community, to the
organization and to each other.
- We believe in delivering a level of service which will
reflect the pride we have in our community and organization.
- The position of Sheriff traces its history back
more than 1000 years to medieval England, where the Shire
Reeve (from which our word “sheriff” derives)
was the “king’s man” within a shire – a community of about 100
families. His duty was
to maintain order while enforcing the king’s will. In 1215 the Magna Carta permanently established
the position of Sheriff under English law.
- The position of Sheriff crossed the Atlantic with
the English colonists. Most
historical accounts agree that America’s first sheriff was Lord
William Baldridge, appointed in 1634 as sheriff of St. Mary’s
The first recorded Sheriff of Kent County
was Henry Morgan, in 1648. Morgan had arrived on Kent Island,
which was then part of Kent County, in 1637.
- By the time our Nation was established, the Sheriff
was an elected official and remains so in all Maryland jurisdictions
and most counties across the country.
- The Sheriff is the only law enforcement officer
who is directly accountable to the public at large, through