Press Release

Giffords Endorses Charmaine McGuffey for Hamilton County Sheriff in Ohio 

Charmaine McGuffey has long stood up to the NRA and supported community engagement in ending gun violence

February 28, 2020— Today Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced its endorsement of Charmaine McGuffey for Hamilton County Sheriff in Ohio.

Charmaine McGuffey has dedicated her life to serving her community in Cincinnati, Ohio. After starting her career as a police officer, she worked in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years before retiring in 2017. During her time in the sheriff’s office, she became the first woman in the history of the department to rise to the rank of Major in Command of Jail and Court Services, where she oversaw the third largest jail in the state.

Statement from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords:

“Our law enforcement officers see the pain and trauma that comes with a shooting. They wrestle with America’s gun violence epidemic every single day and know the cost of a gun in the wrong hands.

“Charmaine recognizes that addressing this epidemic requires more than a one-step approach. With a proven track record of engaging communities, she has the skills to better protect those she serves. She’s not afraid to call out the gun lobby and stand strong for lifesaving policies. That’s why we’re proud to endorse Charmaine McGuffey for Hamilton County Sheriff.”

Under Charmaine’s command, the Hamilton County Justice Center improved from the state’s worst-ranked jail to one of its best, thanks to her investment in rehabilitation and community resource programs. Charmaine understands the importance of building long-term relationships between government agencies and the communities they serve, and she has the track record to prove it. With her extensive knowledge of the unique needs of Hamilton County and her decades of experience in the sheriff’s office, she is more than qualified to serve as Hamilton County Sheriff.