Darren Mark Popkin has been the Sheriff of Montgomery County, Maryland for the past 3 1/2 years and Chief Deputy Sheriff (second in command) for the prior twelve years. As Sheriff, Darren leads a dedicated staff of 148 law enforcement officers and 31 civilian employees who provide judicial and law enforcement services throughout the county.
During his close to 30 years of law enforcement experience, Darren rose through the ranks to become Chief Deputy Sheriff, serving in every Division of the Sheriff's Office and was the operational commander of the Domestic Violence, Criminal & Civil, Court Security, and Administrative Divisions.
Darren remains actively involved in critical programs designed to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in the County. He was part of the original strategic planning committee responsible for designing and implementing the interagency Montgomery County Family Justice Center which opened in May, 2009 and has since served over 5000 clients. Darren continues his executive management role over the FJC.
Sheriff Popkin received his B.A. in Law Enforcement from the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated from the former Robert E. Peary High School. Darren spent many years with his off-duty passion of coaching boys' and girls' softball and basketball teams in local leagues and national tournaments. He is an active basketball player in the Montgomery County adult athletic league.
A family man and life-long county resident, Darren lives with his wife Suzanne and their three children in Olney. Josh is in public school, Shayna is entering her senior year of college and Robin is a recent graduate of Towson University.
Public Safety Leadership and Experience
3.5 Years as Montgomery County Sheriff
12 Years as Chief Deputy Sheriff
29 Years as a sworn Law Enforcement officer
Immediate Past Chair, Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission
President, Maryland Sheriffs' Association
Member, Maryland Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council
Member, Maryland Police Training Commission
Member, Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Graduate, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School (LEEDS)
Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Member, National Sheriffs' Association
Member, Montgomery County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
Member, Fraternal Order of Police
Member, Board of Directors, Montgomery Hospice Inc.
Public Information Officer, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Special Deputy, U. S. Marshal's Service
FBI Secret Clearance
University of Maryland, Criminal Justice Degree
Lifelong Montgomery County Resident