Citizen Advisory Board

Citizen Advisory Class standing in front of American Flag

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Training Room at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown, Maryland.

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To assist the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office by making recommendations and advising the Sheriff regarding law enforcement matters and/or issues of St. Mary’s County and thus assists the Sheriff in his responsibility to ensure the following:

  • Enforcement of all laws applicable to St. Mary’s County and the State of Maryland.
  • Management of the Detention and Rehabilitation Center.
  • Security of the Court System.
  • Service of Writs of Execution, Attachments, Body Attachment, and Subpoenas for Civil and Criminal Court appearances.
  • Protection of persons from loss of life or injury.
  • Protection of Property from loss

Board Composition:

No less than 12 and no more than 28 board members.


Two (2) consecutive 3-year terms (6 years).


Article 1. NAME

Section 1. The name of this Board shall be the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Citizen Advisory Board.


The mission of the Board is to assist the Sheriff by:

Section 1. Evaluating the organization and adequacy of law enforcement and the administration of justice in the County;

Section 2. Recommending a 5-year comprehensive plan for long range development of the Sheriff's Office that provides for solutions for problem areas and achieves effective coordination of the criminal justice activities in St. Mary's County.

Section 3. Reviewing programs proposed by law enforcement and criminal justice agencies for the 5-year plan, the proposed Capital and Operation Budgets and specific grant applications.

Section 4. Educating the community about law enforcement prevention, and other criminal justice issues, promote respect for law, and encourage community involvement in law enforcement and other components of the criminal justice system.

Section 5. Facilitating coordination of the programs and activities of County law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Section 6. Facilitating coordination of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies with those of the State of Maryland and neighboring state and local governments.

Section 7. Carrying out other activities to achieve fair and effective law enforcement and crime prevention.

Section 8. Making reports and recommendations to the Sheriff from time to time as the Commission finds appropriate;

Section 9. Reporting to the Sheriff on request;

Section 10. Presenting an annual report on the Board's activities eachyear.

Section 11. This board is appointed solely by the Sheriff. This board is not a volunteer board or commission of the St. Mary's County Government.

Article 3. MEMBERS

Section 1. Number – The Board shall consist of no less than twelve (12) members and no more than twenty-eight (28). Members must be residents of St. Mary's County and not employees of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. A vacancy shall not prevent the Board from conducting business.

Section 2. Appointment and Removal – Initial members of the Board shall be appointed by the Sheriff. Future members and/or members to fill vacancies of the Board shall be appointed by the Board with the approval of the Sheriff. Members who miss three (3) consecutive meetings or six (6) meetings in a calendar year without reasonable excuse presented to and accepted by the Board Chairperson are removed from the Board. Recommendations for membership will be accepted from any source.

Section 3. Term – Board members shall serve for staggered three (3) year terms. This does not preclude any member from being reappointed. There is a maximum appointment of six (6) consecutive years.

Section 4.Compensation – All members of the Board shall servewithout compensation.

Section 5. Voting – Each member or his/her committee-approved proxy shall be entitled to one vote one each matter submitted to a vote of the Board. Members shall nominate proxies to the Board for consideration and vote.

Section 6. Staff Members – Staff and coordination will be provided bythe Sheriff's Office.

Section 7. Volunteer Status – Committee members and proxies serve on a volunteer basis to the Sheriff's Office.

Section 8. Sheriff's Office Representative – The Sheriff or his designated representative shall act as the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office representative on the Board.

Section 9. Board Representation – The Committee recognizes the importance of having ethnic and cultural diversity reflected in the board membership.

Article 4. Meetings

Section 1. Regular Meetings – Regular meeting of the Board shall be held at least quarterly or as needed.

Section 2. Special Meetings – Special meeting of the Board may be held on call of the Sheriff, the Chairperson of the Board, or by any three (3) members of the committee.

Section 3. Notice of Meetings – Written notice of the starting time, date, and location of each meeting shall be delivered, mailed, or electronically sent to each member not less than five (5) days before each meeting. Announcement of meetings will be made through local media.

Section 4. Quorum – A quorum for the purpose of holding a meeting shall consist of not less than six (6) board members.

Section 5. Manner of Acting – A quorum present, the act of a majority of the members present shall constitute the action of the entire board, except as may be otherwise provided in these by-laws.

Section 6. Parliamentary Procedure – Robert's Rules of Order are adopted.

Article 5. Officers

The officers of the Board shall consist of the following and such other officers as the Board may from time to time designate and appoint:

a. Chairperson
b. Vice-Chairperson
c. Recording Secretary
d. Executive Committee

The Chairperson shall preside at the meetings of the Board. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall preside. The Recording Secretary shall supervise and present minutes at each meeting.

Article 6. Committees and Subcommittees

Section 1. Subcommittees may be appointed to specialize in concerns relative to specific subject matter.

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall report to/meet with the Sheriff periodically to report Board efforts to the Sheriff and to plan development/revision status.

Article 7. Task Forces

Task Forces may be appointed as needed to accomplish specific short-time objectives.

Article 8. Books and Records

The Board shall keep minutes of all proceedings of the Board and such other books and records are required for the proper conduct of its businesses and affairs.

Article 9. Amendments

These by-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Board. Written notice of the proposed by-law change shall be mailed, delivered, or electronically sent to each member at least five (5) days prior to the date of the meeting. Changes in the by-laws must be approved by the Sheriff. By-law changes require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the committee members present.

Article 10. Reporting Requirements

The Board shall submit annually to the Sheriff of St. Mary's County a report on the activities of the Board. The above said report shall include an account of the funds, property and expenses of the Board in the preceding year.

Article 11. Duration

The Sheriff at his discretion may dissolve the Board at any time for any reason.