Candidate Survey: Bill McMahon for Howard County Sheriff

Bill McMahon


Office Sought and District
Sheriff – Howard County

Masters of Administrative Science, The Johns Hopkins University
B.A. Law Enforcement, University of Maryland, College Park
FBI National Academy
Numerous training seminars on law enforcement, management and leadership

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Over 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 8 years as the Chief of Police in Howard County and 1-1/2 years as the Howard County Sheriff

Political Experience
None – I was appointed to the Sheriff position by Governor Hogan after the prior Sheriff retired before the end of his term.


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Why are you running for office?
I was appointed by the Governor when the prior Sheriff left Office mid-term after allegations of unprofessional conduct. I have been working to restore the Howard County community’s trust in the Office and to bring professional management and performance to the Office to ensure that it meets the high expectations of Howard County residents.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I respect a number of people and try to emulate the best qualities that I see in others. Abraham Lincoln stands out as someone who responded to what was an obvious crisis in a manner that put nation first and did so by bringing in some of his most ardent detractors.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
No answer

What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
To continue to restore the trust that Howard County should have in its Sheriff’s Office and to ensure that those we interact with are treated with respect and dignity. I will also ensure that the men and women of the Office have the training, policies, equipment and support they need to meet the high expectations of our community.

What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Continuing to meet the high expectations of our citizens.

What is your position on taxes and spending?
I have the responsibility to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office uses the resources we are given in an effective and responsible manner. Our citizens deserve to know that we use their money wisely.

What is your position on a county tax cap?
No answer

What is your position on land use issues?
No answer

What is your position on public safety?
The protection of our citizens is the primary responsibility of government. Having the best schools, parks, libraries and other amenities are meaningless if people do not feel safe to use them.

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