My name is Jae Hwang and I live in Boyds with my wife and our two children. As a life-long resident of Montgomery County, I grew up in Rockville and attended Montgomery County Public Schools: Garrett Park Elementary School, Tilden Middle School, and Walter Johnson High School. I then graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. I began my law enforcement career from the ground-up as an intern for the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Apprentice Program (LEAP). I currently hold the rank of Lieutenant and work as the Deputy Commander of the Fifth District Police Station in Germantown. I am a certified interpreter in English, Spanish and Korean through the U.S. Department of Defense Language Proficiency Test and the Montgomery County Multilingual Certification Program.
During my law enforcement career, I progressed through the ranks as an Intern, Police Officer, Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant. I have policed every area of Montgomery County, including the demanding overnight shift patrolling the Wheaton/Silver Spring area, and Rockville, Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Potomac areas. These experiences provided me a hands-on perspective at ground-level and as an executive police officer. I have firsthand knowledge of the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville and Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg/Boyds having worked at both police districts around-the-clock.
While I greatly enjoyed serving my community as a police officer where I grew up, I also wanted to serve my country and protect our nation’s interest at home and abroad. I applied and received a commission as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), United States Army Reserve where I currently hold the rank of Captain. It has been an honor and privilege to work together with all uniformed service members serving our country and protecting our freedom. My assignments included Domestic Support of Civil Authorities Team, Security Force Assistance and Rule of Law Team, Administrative and Civil Law Department, and Military Justice as a trial counsel (Prosecutor).
During my service in the Army, I earned the National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (3x), Army Achievement Medal (2x), Army Service Ribbon, and Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal. I served around the world, in Germany, South Korea, Japan, as well as in the United States. In 2018, I was honored to receive the 2018 FAPAC Military Meritorious Service Award and was named the “Professional of the Year” by the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, I was honored to receive the Military Meritorious Service Award from the National Image, Inc. for promoting core values exemplifying outstanding service in the Army and the community. National Image is a national association promoting Hispanic employment in government service and advancement of civil rights for all.
Through my service and dedication in the profession of Law, Police, and Military, I developed a solid foundation in leadership, physical and mental strength, and professionalism to execute the duties of the Office of the Sheriff. As your Sheriff, I am committed to bringing Montgomery County law enforcement into the 21st century and a model agency for the entire United States.
I respectfully ask for your support and your vote. We must establish safety and security while respecting the privacy and rights of all citizens residing, working and visiting Montgomery County. I have dedicated my life and career to public service, and I am fully devoted to doing all that I can to make Montgomery County a safe place again for you.
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