Sheriff Phillips is a lifelong resident of Dorchester County and began his career with the office in May 1977. He was a graduate of the first academy class of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in 1979. He has served in many areas of the office, including Patrol, Criminal Investigations Unit, and as Chief of Operations.
In 1981, he was chosen for the Deputy of the Year Award from the Maryland Sheriff’s Association for his role in solving several homicides that year. Phillips was elected Sheriff in 2002 and is still constantly looking for new opportunities to add to the services provided to the citizens of Dorchester County.