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In November of 2016, I was honored to be appointed Howard County Sheriff by Governor Larry Hogan to serve the two years remaining on the term of James Fitzgerald, who resigned in October. As a 30-year resident of the county, I was humbled to be given the opportunity to serve as sheriff and I remain committed to restoring the public’s confidence in the fairness and integrity of the office. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all employees have a professional, supportive work environment that will enable them to do the difficult jobs they are charged with doing. 

Upon being sworn in, I quickly learned the deputies and civilian staff who work in the Office are a group of hard working and dedicated professionals who are committed to keeping Howard County safe. Together we are resolved to fulfill the high expectations the community has for its public servants, and especially for its law enforcement officers.

With a new leadership team in place, we moved quickly to ensure that the agency was operating as a professional law enforcement organization should. As critical needs were identified, immediate action was taken to address them. Other needs have been prioritized in a multi-year plan, something the agency was lacking.                                                             

My Plans and Goals

While we have accomplished much in a short amount of time, there is still much to be done. We need:

  • To continue to earn the trust, respect and confidence of the community on a daily basis.
  • To ensure that the Sheriff’s Office has the resources to attract and retain the excellent employees Howard County citizens demand and who reflect the diversity of Howard County.
  • To plan for the safety and security of the new Circuit Courthouse.
  • To update all policies and training to ensure that our Office is meeting current professional law enforcement practices and strategies.
  • To ensure that the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office continue to have the leadership, training, equipment and the support they require to do a very difficult job.

Your Support

I welcome your help to continue the progress we are making every day in the Sheriff’s Office. I invite you to learn more about our efforts by exploring this website. You will learn greater detail about our plans and those who have endorsed my campaign. More importantly, you will learn how you can help through your involvement, your donations, and your vote.

I have learned the value of partnership over 30 years in policing. I am now asking that you partner with me as we continue the work we have started at the Sheriff’s Office, according to our core values of Professionalism, Integrity, and Service.

Thank you,


Committee to Elect Bill McMahon
Authority of Patrick Shurney, Treasurer to the Committee to Elect Bill McMahon
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