THE COUNTY TIMES ENDORSES OUR SHERIFF!
“For the first time in more than a decade, Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron is facing competition in the GOP primary for his seat; this time from retired Navy Captain Tom Phelan.
Phelan has no law enforcement experience but has said his education, training and experience serving his country as a combat naval aviator and in various command posts around the world have taught him valuable leadership lessons that he can apply to the job of sheriff.
This is likely true, but with St. Mary’s County facing an opioid crisis that fuels street crime, disease and an increase in opioid deaths, it needs all the experienced leadership it can get.
Cameron has worked diligently with other county leaders to address the crisis and is constantly training and retraining his deputies in the latest law enforcement tactics and techniques.
He had demonstrated not only a firm grasp of basic law enforcement functions - he has served in every division of his agency - but how deputies can strengthen communities aside from just locking up criminal elements.
Phelan has criticized Cameron for terminations in his department and The County Times has heard from deputies that discipline in his agency can be strict, but the sheriff’s office is a paramilitary organization where discipline and professionalism are required.
That professionalism was on display March 20 when Dep. Blaine Gaskill responded to a shooting at Great Mills High School in seconds after the first round went off.
The County Times endorses Cameron for another term as sheriff.”