Charles County Sheriff's Office
Office of the Sheriff
Sheriff Rex Coffey
Major Robert Cleaveland
Major Joseph 'Buddy' Gibson
The Charles County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) operates under the leadership of Sheriff Rex Coffey. Two assistant sheriffs, Major Robert Cleaveland and Major Joseph 'Buddy' Gibson, assist Sheriff Coffey in managing the CCSO and in fulfilling its public safety and community obligations. Major Cleaveland serves as the Assistant Sheriff of Operations and manages the Patrol, Special Operations, Criminal Investigations and Corrections divisions. Major Gibson serves as the Assistant Sheriff of Administration and manages the Special Services, Information Services, Executive Services, Training and Administrative Services divisions and the Alcohol Enforcement Detail.
Captain Jon Norris
The Office of Professional Responsibility, commanded by Capt. Jon Norris, helps ensure the CCSO's integrity and the professional conduct of its personnel. The office operates apart from the CCSO's other divisions.
The CCSO holds each employee to high standards. We encourage feedback from citizens. Visit the Commendations and Complaints section for more information.
The Office of the General Counsel, which also operates within the Office of the Sheriff, provides legal guidance and representation for the Sheriff and CCSO personnel. Mr. Christopher Welsh serves as the General Counsel.
For more information about the Office of the Sheriff, download our Annual Report.
Captain Marvin Butler
The Patrol Division is the most visible component of the CCSO, and visibility is key to fighting crime. Thus, the CCSO deploys a high percentage of its sworn contingent to patrol assignments.
As first responders, patrol officers:
- Handle emergency and non-emergency calls for service
- Must always be prepared for unpredictable situations
- Make criminal arrests
- Enforce traffic laws
- Investigate crashes
- Conduct preventative patrols
The CCSO organizes the county into four districts, each of which is commanded by a lieutenant who manages resources and addresses community needs and concerns.
Four shifts of patrol officers and their sergeants provide 24-hour police services in Charles County. Three operational commanders ensure a commander is always available to make critical operational decisions.
For more information about the Patrol Division, download our Annual Report.
Special Operations Division
Captain Daniel Gimler
The Special Operations Division oversees the Special Operations and Community Services units. The Special Operations Section is comprised of the Tactical Response Squad, K9 Unit, Traffic Operations Unit, Emergency Services Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, Special Events Response Team and Marine Unit. The Community Services Section is comprised of the Community Policing (COPS) Unit, the School Resource Unit, Teen Court and the Honor Guard.
For more information about the Special Operations Unit, download our Annual Report.
Criminal Investigations Division
Captain Reynal Aportadera
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) investigates complex crimes and crime trends. Its detectives maintain an impressive case closure rate by combining skill, technology and teamwork to ensure offenders are brought to justice. The division is comprised of the Investigations, Narcotics Enforcement, and Homeland Security and Intelligence sections.
For more information about CID, download our Annual Report.
Director Pam Dottellis
The Corrections Division is responsible for safety and security at the Charles County Detention Center. The division also offers programs to reduce recidivism and help inmates re-enter society as more productive citizens.
For more information about the Corrections Division, download our Annual Report.
Information Services Division
Captain Scott Whitcraft
The Information Services Division is an important link between citizens and police services and between police officers and the information they need to perform their duties safely and efficiently. The division is comprised of the Communications and Management Information Systems (MIS) sections.
The Communications Section includes police communications officers and station clerks. The MIS Section manages the CCSO's complex servers and its computers and software applications.
For more information about the Information Services Division, download our Annual Report.
Special Services Division
Captain Michael Klotz
The Special Services Division is comprised of two sections. The Judicial Services Section provides court security; serves arrest warrants, civil process and other legal papers; and resolves child support and domestic violence issues. The Property Management Section manages the Quartermaster, Fleet Management Program and Property Held Unit.
For more information about the Special Services Division, download our Annual Report.
Executive Services Division
Captain Michael Rackey
The Executive Services Division oversees the presentation of information to the Sheriff and manages Planning and Accreditation, Media Relations Office, Chaplain Services, Cadet Program and Criminal Justice Program.
For more information about the Executive Services Division, download our Annual Report.
Captain Michael McGuigan
The Training Division ensures the CCSO meets state-mandated requirements and provides a variety of other training needs. The division is comprised of the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, the Recruitment Unit and the Firearms Instruction Detail.
The Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy is a collaborative training institution operated by the Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties' sheriffs’ offices.
For more information about the Training Division, download our Annual Report.
Administrative Services Division
Captain Cecilia Johnston
The Administrative Services Division handles all aspects of employment and manages the Agency’s finances. The division is comprised of the Human Resources, Financial Services and Records sections.
For more information about the Administrative Services Division, download our Annual Report.