Sheriff Rex W. Coffey
Charles County Sheriff's Office
In addition to fighting crime, Sheriff Coffey is also committed to providing young people in Charles County with opportunities to interact with law enforcement in a positive atmosphere that encourages good decision making.
When Sheriff Rex W. Coffey began his first term as the Sheriff of Charles County, he was no stranger to law enforcement. Having retired from a distinguished career at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and later having served as a security official for the U.S. Department of Justice, he has dedicated most of his life to fighting crime and ensuring the safety of his fellow citizens.
The Sheriff began his career as a correctional officer at the Charles County Detention Center when he was 21 years old. Three years later, he became a police officer. He worked in several capacities including as a patrol officer and a detective. He spent eight years as a narcotics investigator, tackling the county’s drug problems with skill and tenacity.
Sheriff Coffey retired as a lieutenant in 1996 and began working for a private security company contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., to provide security for justice buildings. After being elected Sheriff in November 2006, he left the security company as a special deputy U.S. Marshal with the rank of Major.
Sheriff Coffey recognizes that high visibility of patrol officers is an effective crime deterrent. As a result, an integral component of his crime-fighting strategy includes assigning as many police officers as possible to patrol operations. In addition to fighting crime, Sheriff Coffey is also committed to providing young people in Charles County with opportunities to interact with law enforcement in a positive atmosphere that encourages good decision making.
Sheriff Coffey has lived in Charles County for more than 40 years. He and his wife have two children and three grandchildren. He is active in his church and in many community organizations, including the Waldorf Lions Club, La Plata Kiwanis, Charles County Chamber of Commerce and Center for Children mentoring program.