John W. Anderson, Sheriff
100 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
The Honorable Sheriff John W. Anderson is a graduate of Baltimore City College High School is also a graduate of Towson State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He also served in the United States Air-Force before his honorable discharge in 1970
He has been serving the citizens of Baltimore City for 36 years. He began his career as a Deputy Sheriff in 1972, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and has held the office of Sheriff of Baltimore City since his appointment by former Governor William Donald Schaeffer in 1989.
Sheriff Anderson is past President of the Maryland Sheriff’s Institute and presently serves on the Board of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association. He is a former Adjunct Professor at the Baltimore City Community College and serves on the Advisory Board of their Criminal Justice Program and the Baltimore City Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He previously served on the Board of Directors at the St. Agnes Youth Advisory Council, the Northwest Youth Council, and the Maryland Sheriff’s Youth Ranch.
Sheriff Anderson’s current memberships include: the National Organization of Black Executive Law Enforcement, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police #22, the National Black Police Association- Baltimore Chapter, and he holds an honorary membership with the Baltimore City Port Council.
He previously served as a member of Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore, and the American Legion Post- Catonsville, Maryland.
The Honorable Sheriff John W. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Phi Beta Sigma Dare to Dream Award for Social Action 2013, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Protectors of the Peace Award 2009, the Fullwood Foundation Valued Hours Award 2009, the Phi Beta Sigma Culture for Service & Service for Humanity Award 2008, the Chief’s Challenge Award 2006 and 2004, the Congressional Achievement Award 1996, the City of Baltimore Presidential Citation 1996 and 1994, the Towson State University Distinguished Alumni Award, the Maryland Governor’s Citation 1995 and 1996, the Corpo Polizia Municipale Di Palemo Award 1995, the Mike Sacco Award 1994, the Citizens Democratic Action Organization Community Service Award 1990, the Baltimore City Citizen’s Citation 1989, the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Community Service Resolution 1989, and the George W. Freeberger Deputy of the Year Award in 1976.