Captain David Sanders
Judicial Commander | Judicial Division
Lieutenant Valerie Buskirk
Asst. Commander | Judicial Division
Lt. Valerie Buskirk started her career with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on January 13, 1997. She is a Clear Spring High graduate who attended Hagerstown Community College and the Western Maryland Police Academy. She worked as the Boonsboro Resident Deputy in 1998 before being assigned to a patrol shift.
On April 4, 2004, Lt. Buskirk was assigned to the warrant unit, which later joined Hagerstown City Police and Maryland State Police to become the joint Warrant Task Force. The task force began operating under the Judicial Division starting in 2006.
Lt. Buskirk was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit in March of 2011, working alongside a case manager from CASA. Here she was responsible for serving protection orders and following up with victims of domestic assault. She held this position until her promotion to Corporal on March 3, 2012. As a corporal and then sergeant, Lt. Buskirk supervised the joint Warrant Task Force until transferring to the courthouse in November 2013.
Lt. Buskirk was promoted to Lieutenant June 17, 2021, and assigned to be the Judicial Division Assistant Commander on December 31, 2021.
The Judicial Division is responsible for court security, civil process, warrants, and civil orders.
Val Buskirk is married to her husband, retired Chief of Hancock, T.J., and they raise their son on the family farm.