January 30, 2018 13:22 Filed in: Tim Cameron / Joseph L. Somerville / St. Mary's County Sheriff / Sheriff's Office history
On February 22, Sheriff Cameron and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office will recognize and honor St. Mary’s County Sheriff Joseph L. Somerville, the first African-American Sheriff in the State of Maryland.
The agency will also be celebrating the publication of America’s First and The Sheriff’s Of St. Mary’s County, two books documenting the history of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the oldest, continuously operating Sheriff’s Office in the United States.
This event will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Elks Lodge, located at Fire Department Lane, in California. The public is invited! Tickets are available at the Sheriffs Office, St. Mary’s Chapter of the NAACP, and the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions.
On January 9, 2018 Sheriff Tim Cameron of Morganza, Maryland filed his candidacy for re-election as Sheriff of St. Mary’s County. Sheriff Cameron has served for three terms as the Sheriff of St. Mary’s County and began his law enforcement career with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office over 37 years ago.
During is tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Cameron served in every division of the Sheriff’s Office in a variety of positions and roles. With assignments ranging from Patrol Deputy to Division Commander, Sheriff Cameron is acknowledged as an innovative leader on a national scale. He has continued his education during his time as Sheriff of St. Mary’s County to better serve you.
Returning to school in 2006, Sheriff Cameron received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and his Masters of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. His diverse career in public service, command experience, dedication to professionalism, specialized training and education set apart his candidacy from others.
Sheriff Cameron was born in 1958 in Leonardtown, MD, the son of Roy R. and Elizabeth K. Cameron. As a child he lived on his grandparents, William and Lydia Abell’s farm in St. Inigoes, MD. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School Forrestville, MD in 1977. He did post graduate studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
Sheriff Cameron noted, “It has been my privilege to serve as your Sheriff since December, 2006. My goal has been, and continues to be, to establish your Sheriff’s Office as the premier law enforcement agency that is responsive and accountable to its citizens. Through a shared vision, strategic management, accountability and adaptive leadership, the members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office have achieved excellence at many levels. We strive to improve our efforts with a goal of sustaining viable communities, and improving the quality of life in St. Mary’s County.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work in partnership with the people of St. Mary’s County, as well as the talented, dedicated members of the Sheriff’s Office. I appreciate the community support of our Sheriff`s Office. It is a privilege to serve.”
Throughout the 381 year history of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff, no person has served as the elected Sheriff for four terms. Tim Cameron hopes to be the first.
On January 9, 2018, Sheriff Tim Cameron will formally declare his intention to seek a fourth term as your Sheriff of St. Mary’s County Maryland when he files for candidacy at the Board of Elections in Leonardtown.
Tim said, “Over the past twelve years, the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office has worked hard to establish a culture of transparency, accountability and service. I am pleased the many initiatives and programs we’ve instituted have aided our crime fighting efforts and help maintain our quality of life.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work in partnership with the people of St. Mary’s County, and the dedicated members of the Sheriff’s Office. It’s a privilege to serve.”