The GCSO was created in 1872 with Thomas Coddington elected as the first sheriff. In over 130 years, there has only been one execution with the county. John Herbert Smith was convicted of 1st degree murder and put to death by hanging on November 16, 1883.
The agency is currently headed by Sheriff Berkebile. The GCSO currently has 30 sworn law enforcment personnel (including the sheriff), and is organized into patrol, civil service, and courthouse security.
Garrett County Detention Center
The GCSO is also responsible for housing, controlling, and transporting inmates at the Garrett County Detention Center. The detention center is administrated by Captain Cynthia Smith and has a capacity of 64 inmates (including 8 females and 4 juveniles). The detention center holds inmates serving time of 18 months or less.
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