Tomorrow, July 27th, 2013, at 10:00a.m., Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and Blaine Young, the President of the County Commissioners, will host an unveiling ceremony for a plaque of distinction for former Frederick County Sheriff Donald C. Barnes, Sr. (1941-2010) The ceremony will honor Don Barnes as a true visionary and leader in law enforcement and acknowledge the professional standards he established in the office's operations, training and policies.
Board President Blaine Young commented, "Former Sheriff Don Barnes was a good friend and mentor. He was a visionary and because of him the Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency and accredited as one of the best law enforcement agencies in the state of Maryland. I am glad that we are able to memorialize his legacy and his contributions to Frederick County. Because of him, Frederick County is the best county in the state."
Sheriff Barnes’ law enforcement career began in 1963 with the Maryland State Police, continuing as a Maryland State Fire Marshal in 1969. He served as Sheriff for Frederick County two consecutive terms from 1974 to 1982 and was the youngest Sheriff ever elected in the county at the age of 32. During his tenure, the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division was established, laying the foundation for the office to become a full-service law enforcement agency. In 1978, he was recognized as Maryland Sheriff of the Year, and was instrumental in bringing the Maryland Sheriff’s Youth Ranch to Frederick County.
The ceremony will be held outside the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, located at 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, MD. Guest speakers include Commissioner Blaine Young, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, former local radio announcer Tommy Grunwell and Charlie Barnes, son of Sheriff Barnes. The public is invited to attend.
Sheriff Jenkins said, "It’s a privilege to be part of this ceremony to honor Sheriff Don Barnes who built the foundation of the current Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. I hope that everyone who knew him will come out to be part of the ceremony."
Light refreshments will follow the ceremony. No taxpayer funding is being utilized toward the plaque.