For immediate release:
November 10, 2016

Hannah Marr
Shareese Churchill

Governor Larry Hogan Appoints Bill McMahon Howard County Sheriff

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of William J. “Bill” McMahon as Howard County Sheriff. McMahon currently serves as acting executive director of the Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commissions, and as director of the Commissions’ Leadership Development Institute.

“Bill McMahon’s distinguished service and extensive law enforcement experience make him the best choice to serve and protect the citizens of Howard County,” said Governor Hogan. “Bill has a keen understanding of law enforcement at every level, and I am confident he will be a strong leader for Howard County. I offer him my sincere congratulations.”

McMahon previously served Howard County as chief of police from 2006 to 2014. As chief, he successfully implemented programs that resulted in significant reductions in most crime categories, as well as programs that enhanced traffic safety and officer safety. Under McMahon’s leadership, the department developed work groups and programs to address domestic violence, child abuse, multicultural community outreach, mental health issues, and other issues impacting vulnerable populations.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed by Governor Hogan to be the sheriff of Howard County,” said McMahon. “As a 30-year resident of the county, I am deeply committed to upholding our laws and working to ensure the safety of all citizens of our county and our great state.”

McMahon received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree from John Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has served as president of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.