Dundalk resident becomes first female chief deputy sheriff
Promotions are hard to get at the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office because the office is small, so to become the first female Baltimore County chief deputy sheriff in the department’s existence “feels good,” according to Dundalk resident Ruby Hernandez.
“It took a long time; you have to prove yourself,” Hernandez explained, “But it feels good.”
After graduating from Eastern Technical High School, Hernandez got married and had two children.
Once her kids became toddlers, Hernandez, then 25, followed in her mother’s footsteps and joined the Baltimore County Sheriffs Office as a deputy sheriff.
According to Hernandez, after one year of ser vice you automatically get promoted to deputy sheriff first class.
“I started in the court, then I went on the road working in areas like Reisterstown and Woodlawn,” Hernandez said.
“Then I moved to the Eastern area, where I patrolled Parkville and the White Marsh area,” she noted.
As time went on, Hernandez became a court sergeant, maintaining the courts and overseeing the security of the court house.
“For four years, I worked as a warrant squad sergeant,” Hernandez said.
Before getting promoted to chief deputy sheriff, Hernandez acted as a field operations lieutenant, overseeing the roads and warrants.
Now, after 20 years, Hernandez has been promoted to chief deputy sheriff.
“It’s a little surreal,” Hernandez said. “But it takes a lot of hard work, and I’m happy.”
“She’s awesome!” Deputy Nick Louloudis said of Hernandez. “I’m glad she got it.”
According to Louloudis, Hernandez is a good supervisor and good with the troops.
“She worked her way up the ranks, and I’m happy she got it,” he added.
Now that Hernandez is chief deputy sheriff, she is in charge of everything and making sure things run smooth.
“My goal is to hire more deputies,” Hernandez said.
Currently, the sheriff’s department is trying to figure out a program that will attract more people to law enforcement because there is a shortage of workers, not just in Baltimore but around the country, according to Hernandez.
“That is what we’re focusing on,” she added.
Hernandez plans to retire in five years, after 27 years in law enforcement.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Ruby Hernandez accepts her promotion with her two children and fiance’.