Dun­dalk res­i­dent be­comes first fe­male chief deputy sher­iff

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By CHARLENE MAYO cmayo@ches­pub.com

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.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Chief Deputy Sher­iff Ruby Her­nan­dez ac­cepts her pro­mo­tion with her two chil­dren and fi­ance’.

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