New Howard Co. sher­iff pledges to re­store lost trust

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION -

Wil­liam “Bill” McMa­hon, for­mer Howard County po­lice chief, vowed to re­store pub­lic trust in the county’s sher­iff’s of­fice and build re­la­tion­ships among his staff as he was sworn in as the county’s sher­iff Wed­nes­day. McMa­hon, who re­tired after lead­ing the county’s po­lice force from 2006 to 2014, re­places James Fitzger­ald, who re­signed in Oc­to­ber amid charges of dis­crim­i­na­tion and re­tal­i­a­tion against staff who did not sup­port his 2014 re-elec­tion cam­paign. Fitzger­ald de­nied the al­le­ga­tions but stepped down. McMa­hon, who was ap­pointed by Gov. Larry Ho­gan last month, said he is com­mit­ted to tack­ling two “sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges” in his new po­si­tion: restor­ing the com­mu­nity’s trust in the sher­iff’s of­fice and cre­at­ing a healthy work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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