Hof­mann re-elected sher­iff in land­slide

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By KRISTIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — Among the big win­ners on elec­tion night Tues­day, Nov. 6, was Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann as he de­feated Demo­cratic chal­lenger Kevin Rhodes.

Hof­mann won with 14,457 votes com­pared to 7,097 votes by Rhodes and will re­turn for a fourth term.

Among his top pri­or­i­ties are con­tin­u­ing the work in keep­ing county schools safe and ad­dress­ing is­sues like the opi­oid epi­demic on the Eastern Shore, he said. Hof­mann also noted his du­ties re­quire main­tain­ing a cur­rent Sher­iff’s Of­fice that evolves with the com­mu­nity.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the trust and sup­port of the vot­ers in our lead­er­ship and ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Hof­mann. “Now with the elec­tion be­hind us, we con­tinue to do our job as be­fore. We want to en­hance what we do for the com­mu­nity with new pro­grams. I’m ex­cited to move on and con­tinue serv­ing Queen Anne’s County.”

The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has made strides to in­form the com­mu­nity about the is­sues with the un­veil­ing of the of­fi­cial phone app. Not only can mem­bers of the pub­lic be aware of in­ci­dent re­ports, but they can also see an in­ter­ac­tive map of in­ci­dents.

It also pro­vides res­i­dents a way to keep in touch with deputies through

a staff direc­tory. Lastly, it al­lows users to lodge con­cerns they have in the com­mu­nity.

All th­ese ef­forts, Hof­mann said, are nec­es­sary to be­ing avail­able to the pub­lic and fos­ter­ing a re­la­tion­ship with con­stituents.

“You’re al­ways very con­cerned about elec­tion re­sults, but they are a great process to tell you if you’re do­ing a great job or not. So it means so much that the pub­lic works with me and that they al­low me to work for them,” said Hof­mann.

Hof­mann used his vic­tory to spot­light the staff that makes the Sher­iff’s Of­fice work ef­fec­tively.

Rhodes ran on a plat­form of traf­fic safety for a grow­ing county, ed­u­ca­tion about nar­cotics use as well as drug treat­ment ini­tia­tives, school safety and anti-bul­ly­ing pro­grams, fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity and proac­tive polic­ing.

“Good Proac­tive Com­mu­nity Polic­ing is one of my top pri­or­i­ties as well as tak­ing care of the em­ploy­ees who are work­ing in the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. I will bring back trust in the or­ga­ni­za­tion by pro­vid­ing our deputies with the state of the art train­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” said Rhodes on his of­fi­cial web­site.

He con­tin­ued to ad­vo­cate for “deputies that will be pro­fes­sional, re­spect­ful, and trans­par­ent with our cit­i­zens. Ad­di­tion­ally, our Sher­iff’s Of­fice will work well with all al­lied agen­cies.”

SHER­IFF GARY HOF­MANN

KRISTIAN JAIME

Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann reg­u­larly pro­vides up­dates on ini­tia­tives for the county con­ducted by the of­fice.

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