Sheriff Names Edward Hopkins as New Chief Deputy
[May 13, 2014, Bel Air, MD] - Tonight, at the Harford County Council Meeting, Sheriff L. Jesse Bane announced that Edward Hopkins has been appointed to serve the Harford County Sheriff's Office as Chief Deputy beginning July 1, 2014.
In his address, the Sheriff introduced Mr. Hopkins to the council with, "He is a man of vision who is well liked, well-educated and quite knowledgeable of the duties and responsibilities of a deputy sheriff with our Sheriff's Office. He has a strong moral compass, a strong work ethic, and impeccable work credentials in the public safety arena. He understands the needs and concerns of Sheriff's Office personnel, and he understands that the Sheriff's Office is a people's office."
Hopkins, currently the Director of Public and Media Relations and Chief Spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, began his 27 year career as a law enforcement deputy in 1976 and rose through the ranks before retiring in 2003 as a Lieutenant. He went on to serve as the Director of Communications for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services from 2005-2007, and Deputy Director of Operations for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency from 2007-2012. In November of 2012, Hopkins returned to his roots in law enforcement when he resumed his position of Chief Spokesman of the HCSO, which he previously held from 1994-2002 and 2003-2005.
Of his appointment, Hopkins offered, "I am both honored and privileged to accept this responsibility and grateful to the Sheriff for having full faith and confidence in me to further the agency's law enforcement, courts, corrections, and public safety mission. I have always been proud to be a member of the Sheriff's Office and equally proud to call these men and women both my friends and colleagues. I am looking forward to working side by side with them and providing effective and efficient law enforcement, courts, and correctional services to Harford County residents."
Hopkins, a lifelong resident of Bel Air, has dedicated his career to serving the needs of the public. He has been a member of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company for the last 40 years, currently holding the position of Chief. Additionally, he was reelected as Commissioner for the Town of Bel Air in 2011; serving as mayor from 2011-2013. He holds a Masters in Public Administration with a minor in Police Management from the University of Baltimore.
Hopkins will fill the position when Col. Gregory Carlevaro retires on July 1, 2014, after nearly 40 years of service.