Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Bill McMahon to be the new Howard County sheriff.
Hogan announced the appointment Thursday.
McMahon currently serves as acting director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. He also is director of the commission's Leadership and Development Institute.
McMahon served as Howard County chief of police from 2006 to 2014. He is a 30-year resident of the county.
He will replace James Fitzgerald, who resigned last month after an investigation found he created a hostile work environment by belittling staffers and making racist and sexist comments. The investigation also found reasonable cause that Fitzgerald discriminated against a lieutenant by retaliating against him through scheduling because he didn't support the sheriff's political campaign.