The Rotary Club of Wicomico County is pleased to welcome to its Tuesday, July 2nd meeting Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis.
Sheriff Lewis retired as a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police, Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Team (PACE) after twenty-two years of loyal and dedicated service. In addition to his duties as the agency’s leading Criminal Interdiction Expert, Sheriff Lewis remains a CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR through the Maryland Police Training Commission, and a certified MASTER INSTRUCTOR through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sheriff Lewis was directly responsible for the training and educating of all Maryland State Police personnel in the Criminal Interdiction Venue.
Elected November 2006, and now serving his third consecutive four-year term, Sheriff Lewis has worked tirelessly to transform the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office into one of superior service to our citizens, and one of fear to the criminals who prey on an innocent society. Based on feedback we heard from our citizenry, we realized it was imperative to be very proactive while on patrol, while providing our officers and command staff with the tools and resources they need to educate the public and build sustainable community relationships.
Sheriff Lewis remains very much involved in community-outreach initiatives and organizations while leading a dedicated staff of 94 sworn deputies, and another 52 civilian personnel who provide judicial protection to our courts, traditional law-enforcement services to our citizens, and unprecedented protection to the communities we serve.
During his 31 years of law enforcement experience, Sheriff Lewis has led the nation in cocaine and heroin seizures, as well as the seizures of millions of dollars in U.S. Currency found concealed within elaborately-constructed false compartments in motor-vehicles found traveling along U.S. Rt. 13 through Wicomico County. He pioneered the Drug Interdiction Program along Maryland’s notorious U.S. Rt. 13 corridor, coordinating many multi-jurisdictional investigations following the seizures of large amounts of illegal contraband.
Sheriff Lewis has trained tens of thousands of law enforcement officers extensively throughout the United States and as well as other parts of the world to include; Australia, Germany, Russia, and the West Indies. Sheriff Lewis has been judicially recognized by the federal and state courts of this country as an EXPERT in the areas of Highway Interdiction, Hidden Compartments and Drug Valuation.
A family man and life-long Wicomico County resident, Mike and his wife Denise live in Salisbury. Their son, Adam is a chemistry teacher at Salisbury Christian School, and their daughter Ally is in her junior year of college at Salisbury University.
Annually, The Rotary Club of Wicomico County contributes over $50,000 back into our community through the support of agencies and causes including: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, scholarships for local high school and college students, The Christian Shelter, RYLA, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, Polio Eradication (Global), Fruitland Community Center, HALO, Wicomico County Library, the construction of wheel chair ramps and much more.
The Rotary Club of Wicomico County meets every Tuesday at noon in the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center at 500 Glen Avenue in Salisbury. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Wicomico County or to obtain membership information, please contact Gary Stiegler, Membership Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the club’s website at www.wicomicorotary.com.