Young supports Frederick County sheriff despite controversies

County renews controversial federal immigration program
Gazette
Ryan Marshall
07/05/2013
Potential gubernatorial candidate Blaine R. Young (R) said he stands by his sheriff amid several recent controversies and a renewal of the county’s participation in a controversial federal immigration program. Young, the president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, said Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (R) is the latest in a long line of fine Frederick County sheriffs. “I think we have an outstanding sheriff’s department,” Young said, adding that Jenkins has been effective in both law enforcement and fiscal responsibility. Jenkins has found himself under fire in recent years for the county’s embrace of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s 287(g) program, which brings together local and federal law enforcement to enforce immigration policy. Frederick is the only county in Maryland to participate in the program. It has used it since 2008. On June 27, the sheriff’s office renewed its participation in the program for another three years, through 2016, Jenkins said Tuesday.