A LEGACY OF PUBLIC SERVICE

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John O'Connor is an airplane pilot, firearms instructor, vehicular homicide investigator, decorated military veteran, and devoted public servant who has served locally and abroad. John received the Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device for participation in acts of heroism during combat overseas. He holds an associate degree in criminal justice administration from Kaplan University and a bachelor's degree in management from Johns Hopkins University, Public Safety Leadership Program. John has more than two decades of combined public safety and leadership experience. 

John inherited his passion for helping others from his parents and aspired early on to do something meaningful in life. His father and grandfather both retired from the New York City Police Department. John's mother retired as a school bus driver. John is currently a sworn police officer in Maryland and Commissioner of District 3 in St. Mary's County. He was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

NEW. BOLD. TRUSTWORTHY. LEADERSHIP.

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TOP LEADERSHIP PRIORITIES

  • Safeguarding Peoples Civil Rights and Liberties 

  • Combating Violence and Pursuing Repeat Offenders 

  • Reducing Traffic-Related Injuries and Fatalities​

  • Enacting Effective Recruitment and Retention Strategies

  • Building New and Stronger Community Partnerships

 

  • Boosting Transparency and Public Records Access

  • Cultivating a Harmonious Working Environment and Eliminating Discriminatory and Unfair Practices