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Celebrating 150 Years in Garrett County, Maryland: 1872-2022

Jail Administrator

Captain James Tichnell


 In August 2013, Captain Jim Tichnell was appointed as the Administrator of the Garrett County Detention Center.

 Captain Tichnell began his career with the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office / Detention Center in May of 1994 as a Correctional Officer. While serving as a Correctional Officer he was given numerous different assignments including Police Dispatcher, Home Detention Coordinator, and Standards Audit Coordinator.

 In August 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned duties of Shift Supervisor for the Detention Center. While in this position, he worked closely with the Administration to aid in the Detention Center achieving and maintaining compliance with the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards.

 In January 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and assigned to the position of Assistant Jail Administrator. As the Assistant Administrator, he was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Detention Center, supervising Correctional staff, maintenance staff, kitchen staff, and overseeing the Development of the Inmate Work Incentive Program.

 Captain Tichnell is a 1989 graduate of Valley High School and a 1991 graduate of Allegany College from which he holds an AA Degree.

 During his career, Captain Tichnell has attended numerous trainings with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Maryland State Police, Maryland Correctional Administrators Association and the National Sheriff’s Association. He is also a certified Hunter Education Senior Instructor through the Maryland Natural Resources Police and a certified Firearms Range Safety Officer through the National Rifle Association.

Captain Tichnell received the Correctional Employee of the year Award from the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association in 2009, an Outstanding Service Award from the Maryland Hunter Safety Instructors Association and a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his volunteer work with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake.

Captain Tichnell is a member of the Maryland Correctional Administrator Association and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #99.