Baltimore City councilman and mayoral candidate Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. received the support of the city's deputy sheriffs last night, the second major law enforcement union endorsement of his campaign.
The Fraternal Order of Police Baltimore City Sheriff's Office Lodge 22 said it is backing Mitchell because it has not received needed support from Mayor Sheila Dixon.
Dixon and Mitchell are seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor in the city's Sept. 11 primary.
Samuel L. Cogen, president of the union, said the roughly 140 members of the union are disappointed that they have not received support from Dixon for proposals to hire more deputies and increase members' salaries.
"The police and sheriffs are standing together for Keiffer," Cogen said. "It's a public safety endorsement."
The city's sheriff deputies serve warrants, provide security to Baltimore's courthouses, and have increasingly been called on to patrol city streets. Their union is separate from the larger one that represents city police officers, which endorsed Mitchell last week.
"Every neighborhood in this city is suffering from this crisis," Mitchell said in a statement. "These endorsements let the citizens of Baltimore know that I am the candidate who will provide that help, that I am the change needed to return safety to all Baltimoreans."