More than Three Decades of Service to Frederick & Carroll Counties


FREDERICK, Md. (June 1, 2021) – With more than 35 years of dedicated service to the residents of Frederick and Carroll counties, Major Tim Clarke, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Administrative Services commander, recently ended his watch and retired effective, May 31, 2021.


“Major Clarke has been a very effective, reliable and trusted commander, and a key member of my senior command staff during my tenure as Sheriff,” said FCSO Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. “He consistently demonstrated the knowledge and ability to carry out and complete any directive or assignment, including major projects that involve other county divisions and law enforcement agencies.


“For 33 years Tim played a key role in the overall progress and growth of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, having served under four Sheriffs. We will miss Tim and I extend my very best to him and his family.”        


Clarke started his career in law enforcement in 1986 working for the Taneytown, Maryland, Police Department as a police officer. In 1988, he joined the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center as a 911 dispatcher, and in 1989 he joined the FCSO as a deputy. 


He has worked everything from court security deputy, criminal investigator, community deputy, criminal investigations commander, patrol commander, support service commander, special operations commander, operations commander, and administrative bureau commander within the FCSO. He is a life member of the Vigilant Hose Company INC., Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he currently sits on the Board of Directors and is a past president. Additionally, Clarke is a life member of the Guardian Hose Company in Thurmont, Maryland.


Some of his most significant accomplishments in Frederick County include:


  • Assigned to research, develop policy for, and implement the 287(g) Law Enforcement and Jail Enforcement Immigration Program within Frederick County in 2008. Oversaw the entire program and was the liaison with the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Custom Enforcement Branch.
  • Initial representative from FCSO tasked with establishing the Child Advocacy Center in Frederick County. The current program is alive and well with full FCSO participation. 
  • Crisis Intervention Team Member 1994-2014, and lead as a commander from 1997-2014
  • Developed and implemented a Hostage Negotiation Standard Operating Procedure Manual for the FCSO.
  • Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions instructor for many years in several disciplines.
  • Primary focus of FCSO career in Criminal Investigations, spending more than 15 years in that discipline, either as a detective or supervisor.
  • Worked in or supervised every unit within the FCSO during his 32 years.


Clarke’s completed numerous training courses throughout the country, which include:


  • National Incident Management System certified with classes 100 through 800 completed
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident Command Course/Department of Homeland Security, Anniston, Alabama, November, 2004
  • Greater Chesapeake Law Enforcement Executive Development School/Federal bureau of Investigation and Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean City, Maryland, May 2002
  • First Response Negotiation & Tactical Train the Trainer School, Pennsylvania State Police, Hershey, Pennsylvania, May 1997
  • Hostage Negotiation School, Prince Georges County, Maryland, April 1994
  • Fire/Arson Investigation School, National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland, October 1992
  • Homicide Investigation School, Hocking College/Columbus, Ohio, August, 1991
  • Incident Command System Training, National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, April 1990.


Clarke stated that his life after law enforcement will include traveling and time with family and friends, working on their small farm operation, becoming more involved in the Vigilant Hose Company operations and administrative activities, and golfing, fishing, and hunting.


The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is a full-service law enforcement agency; an arm of the court, and a keeper of offenders. In this regard, it exists to serve the more than 250,000 citizens of Frederick County with respect, fairness, and compassion. FCSO is committed to the prevention of crime; the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace and order; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees; and safekeeping of prisoners. The men, women, and officers of this office nurture public trust by holding themselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. The FCSO is located at 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, MD, 21701. Visit for more information.


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