Hofmann re-elected sheriff in landslide
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
Sheriff Gary Hofmann regularly provides updates on initiatives for the county conducted by the office.