President's Message - Sheriff Mike Lewis

In October 2021, I was sworn in as President of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association, an association comprised of 24 elected Sheriffs from across the State of Maryland. I am deeply humbled and very proud to serve as President of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association. I look forward to continuing to advance our mission through productive meetings as well as our work in the legislative process. We are serving at a time of great uncertainty due to COVID-19, civil unrest, and demands for police reform. Yet I am optimistic about the future of policing! I sincerely believe, collectively, the MSA can help guide not only our political and local leaders, but also our communities and law enforcement families through critical and meaningful discussion.  We have to do this.

The MSA plays an important role in helping to shape public policy relating to the criminal justice system, and we do so on the basis of professional judgment not political calculation. As such, we will continue to be an important voice in the criminal justice system so that positive changes are made, keeping in mind any change must be for the betterment of everyone involved.  

Right now, it is crucial to continue building partnerships between law enforcement agencies, legislators, and the communities we serve. It is critically important that we put aside any differences and embrace the philosophy of true community policing, one in which the quality of life is improved for all individuals no matter their cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic situations, religions, sexual orientations, and physical and mental abilities. Furthermore, we must continue to seek dialogue with our legislators and find solutions that work for everyone. In order to be effective, we must have the active support and assistance of these entities.

As you know, I have the highest regard for all of you as you are leading in a profession that has come under great scrutiny. Each of us is different, yet we are the same. While we may not have shared similar experiences with our agencies, we know the possibility exists that we could. Therefore, my goal is to bring us together to share ideas, thoughts and critical thinking. During these times, we must continue to lead our brave and hardworking men and women of our agencies to encourage them to continue serving to the best of their abilities while showing our communities we care about them and will continue to police with respect, integrity, and professionalism.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as President of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association. All of us who are part of the MSA are leaders so remember this: Leadership is about change you believe in. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership. I look forward to a productive year as we strive to do everything within our realm to enhance the safety and security of our communities, our own agencies and everyone we serve.    

With warm regards,                                                                               

Michael A. Lewis
Wicomico County, MD 

President, Maryland Sheriffs’ Association