Sheriff Darren M. Popkin directs an office of 180 employees, including a staff of 148 sworn law enforcement officers and 29 civilian employees who provide a wide range of judicial and law enforcement services throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Prior to his election on November 2, 2010, Sheriff Popkin was the Chief Deputy, second-in-command of the Sheriff’s Office for twelve years.
During a 25 year law enforcement career Sheriff Popkin rose through the ranks, serving in the Sheriff’s Office Criminal, Family, Civil and Court Services Divisions. Sheriff Popkin continues his involvement in innovative programs designed to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in the County. He was on the strategic planning committee responsible for designing and implementing the interagency Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC) which opened in May, 2009 and has since served over 2,400 clients. Sheriff Popkin continues his executive management role with the FJC.
Sheriff Popkin received a B.A. degree in Law Enforcement from the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated from the former Robert E. Peary High School. Darren’s off-duty passion has been 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, Sheriff Popkin lives in Olney with his wife and their three children. His son attends school in Montgomery County, and his two daughters attend college.
Sheriff Popkin has extensive involvement in law enforcement training and professional organizations including:
- 3rd Vice President and Board of Directors, Maryland Sheriffs’ Association
- Member, National Sheriffs’ Association
- Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Member, Fraternal Order of Police
- Member, Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
- Member, Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission
- Special Deputy, U. S. Marshal’s Service
- Graduate FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School (LEEDS)