New Howard Co. sheriff pledges to restore lost trust
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.