Bounds running for third term as Caroline sheriff
DENTON — Caroline County Sheriff Randy Bounds is seeking a third term in office in this year’s election.
Bounds, a Republican, has served as Caroline County’s sheriff since 2010. He ran unopposed in June’s primary election and faces Democratic challenger Steven Biddle in the general election.
He has been endorsed by Gov. Larry Hogan and the Bay Area Association of Realtors.
“I’ve been honored to work with the men and women of the sheriff’s office, and I hope to serve another four years with them,” Bounds said. “We have accomplished much, but there are still challenges on the horizon.”
Bounds retired as a lieutenant from the state police in 2008. During his 28 years with the state police, he served in areas throughout Maryland, with assignments in patrol, criminal investigation, aviation, and criminal and drug enforcement.
When he retired, he was commander of the Drug Enforcement Division’s Eastern Region, responsible for state police, allied and civilian drug task forces in eight Eastern Shore counties.
After two years as assistant director of the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services’ Communication Division, in 2010, Bounds successfully ran for his first term as Caroline County sheriff. In 2014, he won a second term.
Bounds said when he first interviewed with the state police nearly 40 years ago, he said he wanted to go into law enforcement because he wanted to help people.
“That’s still true today,” Bounds said. “My job revolves around helping people.”
Bounds said he is proud of many of the sheriff’s office’s achievements during his first two terms.
Working with the Caroline County commissioners, the office has added five more deputy positions in the past three budget cycles, and in the most recent budget, employees got their first step raise in 11 years, more important than ever to retain good officers.
Bounds said he is working on a four-year plan to fully catch up on the pay scale, which he plans to present soon to the commissioners.
A new training center was built at the site of a former landfill, Bounds said, with a range for annual qualifications and a classroom.
The intern program has trained 13 students from both county high schools and Chesapeake College, Bounds said, the majority of which have gone on to pursue successful careers in law enforcement or related fields. One of those interns, Amber Thambert, recently was promoted to detective in the sheriff’s office.
Bounds said school safety is and will continue to be a top priority. School resource officers are assigned to every secondary school and the only elementary school in the county in a town without its own police force.
For their work together on the school resource officer program, Bounds and Caroline County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Ser vices Milton Nagel recently received the School Safety Superintendent and Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award from the Maryland Center for School Safety.
“School safety enhancement is paramount and will continue to be going forward,” Bounds said.
Also among the top priorities is addressing the opioid addiction epidemic.
“The opioid crisis is like nothing we’ve seen before,” Bounds said. “We cannot just arrest our way out.”
Bounds said he will continue to take a comprehensive approach, working with prevention, treatment and mental health providers, and traveling extensively to talk to other organizations, schools and churches to build awareness.
“We’ve worked really hard to try to get the word out there,” Bounds said, noting the success of the recent inaugural Caroline Goes Purple effort in September.
The sheriff’s office also has expanded its criminal investigation division, implemented a fire police program and added three more K-9 officers to its ranks, including two drug-detecting dogs and a bloodhound, thanks to various grants.
In his first nearly eight years in office, Bounds has also overseen the rebuilding of the office’s fleet of vehicles and added cameras to the cars, to gather more evidence during traffic stops.
The sheriff’s office also has an active presence online to further connect to the community, regularly updating its social media pages and implementing a feature to allow the public to search crime records by area.
All of this, Bounds said, was accomplished while maintaining a flat $3.8 million per year budget.
If re-elected, Bounds said he looks forward to continue working with the commissioners and all allied agencies in the county.