Charmaine McGuffey

Hamilton County Sheriff

Spotlight Candidate

Charmaine will be the first woman and openly LGBTQ Sheriff of Hamilton County


Charmaine McGuffey is a retired Major and former Commander of Jail and Court Services with the Hamilton County Ohio Sheriff’s Office. In her 33-year career, she became the highest-ranking woman in the department and oversaw the third largest jail in the state of Ohio. As Major, Charmaine spearheaded justice reform initiatives because she understood that progressive jail policy, with a focus on rehabilitative, rather than punitive strategies, results in lower recidivism and overall healthier communities.

Within a three-year period, Charmaine led the effort to improve the Hamilton County Justice Center from its ranking as worst in the state to the best of the large jails in Ohio. She was named the local and regional “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year”, and was honored by the Ohio House of Representatives for being named the 2016 Public Citizen of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of NASW.

Charmaine was taught by a single mother the value of hard work and the difference community support can make in someone’s life. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1983.

Now she is running to be the first woman and openly LGBTQ Sheriff of Hamilton County.

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