Germantown District Deputy Police Commander Running for Sheriff
Lieutenant Jae Hwang, a 15-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department currently serving as deputy commander of the 5th District in Germantown, has thrown his hat into the ring to run for Montgomery County Sheriff.
Hwang is running as a Republican and will challenge two-term incumbent Sheriff Darren Popkin, a Democrat who was first elected in 2010, in the November 2018 election. It will be the first time since being elected that Popkin will face a GOP challenger in the general election. He has set up a website to announce his intention to seek the office of Sheriff.
“I grew up in Montgomery County,” said Hwang. “I started from the ground up as in intern with the police. I then became a police officer here and moved up in rank. Violent crime has been rising in Montgomery County over recent years. I have seen how Montgomery County has changed both for the good and bad. Crime is on the rise, and I think we need a more effective, more engaged and more proactive sheriff to keep Montgomery County safe.”
Hwang thinks he’s the man to take the sheriff’s department in a new direction.
“Popkin was first elected seven years ago, and before being elected he was the chief deputy of the Sheriff’s department,” said Hwang. “He has been running that department for 19 years. I think it is time for a change. We need a sheriff that will engage the community and work together with citizens and other law enforcement agencies. I believe I can provide better leadership for the sheriff’s department.”
Hwang believes that he is the man who can bridge, what he sees as a gap between the Sheriff’s Department and the community.
“I respect Sheriff Popkin,” said Hwang, “but do you know who the sheriff is? That is a real question, Do people know who the sheriff is? I don’t think many folks in the county understand that the Sheriff is highest law enforcement officer in Montgomery County. I think the sheriff needs to be out there in the public more. It is an office which needs to engage the community in the community. The sheriff needs to be out and engaging the people. People elected him to this position.”