Colonel Randy Wilkinson, Chief Deputy
Colonel Randy Wilkinson, a life-long resident of Washington County and a 1971 graduate of Boonsboro High School, was hired as a police officer for the Town of Boonsboro on November 17, 1974. He graduated from the Western MD Police Academy in August 1975, while attending Hagerstown Junior College. Wilkinson was employed as a police officer for Boonsboro for over 5 1/2 years, where he attained the rank of Sergeant/Officer in Charge before moving onto the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
On August 2, 1980, Wilkinson was hired as a Deputy Sheriff by Sheriff Glenn Bowman. He served as a Patrol Deputy, assigned to a "Traffic Safety Unit", before being promoted to the rank of Corporal in February of 1982. A little more than 5 years later Wilkinson was then promoted to Sergeant on July 1, 1987, serving as a Shift Commander. In the summer of 1988 Sgt. Wilkinson transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit, where he served as the Criminal Unit Supervisor for the next ten years.
In 1989 Wilkinson received the Maryland Sheriffs Association's "Deputy of the Year Award for Valor" and was also nominated for an award by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation after being credited for saving the life of a 19 year old unconscious female by pulling her to safety before her vehicle exploded into flames while he was off-duty.
On December 5th, 1998 Wilkinson moved back into uniform after receiving another promotion to the rank of 1st Sgt., where he served as Assistant Patrol Commander. Less than three years later, in November of 2001 he was promoted by Sheriff Charles Mades to the rank of Major, in charge of the Patrol Division. After Sheriff Mades retirement, Wilkinson was appointed to the Chief Deputy's position in January of 2007 and given the rank of Colonel by Sheriff Douglas Mullendore.
Colonel Wilkinson has attended many supervisory, administrative, and management courses throughout his career, including the Greater Chesapeake Law Enforcement Executive Development School sponsored by the FBI and he is also a graduate of Leadership Washington County. Colonel Wilkinson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Sheriff's Association