Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday announced the appointment of a new Howard County sheriff.
Hogan appointed William J. McMahon, who currently serves as acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions and director of its 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,” Hogan said. “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 as Howard County 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, Hogan said.
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, Hogan said.
“I am honored and humbled to be appointed by Gov. Hogan to be the sheriff of Howard County,” McMahon said. “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 a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served as president of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.