Howard County Sheriff's Office (Maryland)

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Howard County Sheriff's Office
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Howard County Sheriff's Office patch
Abbreviation HCSO
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Maryland, USA
Map of Maryland highlighting Howard County.svg
Map of Howard County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size 254 square miles (660 km2)
Population 304,580 (2013)
General nature • Local civilian agency
Headquarters Ellicott City, Maryland

Agency executive
  • William J. McMahon (Interim), Sheriff

The Howard County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) is the enforcement arm of the Howard County court system and services the population of Howard County, Maryland.


Howard County Sheriff fleet 2014

Anne Arundel County created the Howard District in 1831 from its Western half. Thomas Burgess acted as the Sheriff through the 1840s. In 1851, the Howard District became its own county with a dedicated Sheriff.[1] The HCSO was created in 1851.[2] Former Ellicott City Mayor E.A. Talbot served in 1856,[3] George W. Howard served in 1908;[4] Julius Wolsh Jr. in 1928;[5] George D. Day Jr. in 1930;[6] Norman O. Haward in 1962;[7] Donald Edward Ansell in 1972.[8]


The current sheriff of the HCSO is William McMahon. The HCSO is divided into six sections:[9]

  • Domestic Violence Enforcement
  • Warrants/Fugitive
  • Courthouse Security
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Transportation
  • Patrol Operations

Sheriffs of Howard County, Maryland[edit]


Sheriff Term
Charles G. Halsup 1848
E.A. Talbot 1853
Joshua McCauley 1855
John Quinn 1857
Thomas Burgess 1859
J.P. Ijams 1861
David P. Hopkins 1864
David P. Hopkins 1865
Edward McCaulley 1867
William A. Webb 1867
Claudius Stewart 1869
John S. Tracy 1871
Walter Dorsey 1873
G. Washington Carr[11] 1875
Joseph Hunt 1877
Joseph McCauley 1879
Edward A. Talbott 1881
N.T. Hutchins 1883
Frank Shipley 1885
George D. Day 1887
Steven R. Hobbs 1889
William G. Owings 1891
Gilbert E. Flower 1893
Greenbury Johnson - Frank Oldfield 1895
Charles D. Pickett 1897
Lewis E. Philps 1899
James E. Hobbs 1901
John F. Kyrne 1903
Joseph Hunt 1905

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Simpsonville Mill Survey" (PDF). Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  2. ^ Howard County Sheriff's Office website.
  3. ^ Maryland. General Assembly. Senate. Journal of the Proceedings of the Senate of the State of Maryland. p. 556.
  4. ^ "100 GO DOWN IN CRASH AT ELLICOTT CITY: Spectators At Trial Dumped In Mass By Collapse Of Floor THIRTY-SEVEN ARE BADLY INJURED Crowd Attracted By Rumor Of Plot To Lynch Negro Charged With Assaulting And Robbing Farmer--Victims Brought To Baltimore Hospitals FEW ESCAPE UNHURT Easton's Hall Packed With People When Accident Occurs". The Baltimore Sun. 30 December 1908.
  5. ^ "Farmer Routs Fireman, Persihes Among Flames". The Washington Post. 12 April 1928.
  6. ^ "Howard County's Salaries". The Baltimore Sun. 14 January 1933.
  7. ^ "Republican Has Early Lead in Race For State Senate in Anne Arundel: GOP Wins 3 Races In Calvert County St. Marys Democrats Overwhelming Victors Charles County Board Control Goes to GOP GOP Board Elected In Howard County". The Washington Post. 7 November 1962.
  8. ^ "County Man Shackled, Jailed in $5 Ticket Case: Police in Counties Shackle, Jail Man in $5 Ticket Case". The Washington Post. 14 January 1972.
  9. ^ Howard County Sheriff's Office Operational Duties.
  10. ^ Joshua Dorsey Warfield. The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. p. 538.
  11. ^ "Court Proceedings". The Ellicott City Times. 24 March 1877.

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