Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey is a 33-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major prior to being elected Sheriff in November 2020. Sheriff McGuffey is the highest ranking woman in the history of the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff McGuffey was born and raised in Cincinnati, growing up in Price Hill. By the time she was 14, she knew she wanted to be a Police Officer. She graduated from Western Hills High School and entered the Criminal Justice program at the University of Cincinnati, even though at the time, women were not allowed to be uniformed patrol officers. Fortunately, that changed by the time Sheriff McGuffey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She then joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 1983.
Sheriff McGuffey began her career as a Corrections Officer at the former Workhouse and has worked in nearly all facets of the Sheriff’s Office including as the Academy Commander for the Ohio Peace Officer Corrections Academy, serving as lead hostage negotiator for the Sheriff’s Special Response Team, and as Commander of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard. Sheriff McGuffey provided training for law enforcement officers throughout the State of Ohio and is an accomplished self-defense instructor.
During her tenure as Major of Jail and Court Services, Sheriff McGuffey was credited with leading reforms in the jail to reduce the likelihood of people returning to jail. She was also credited with bringing the jail from the worst ranking in the State of Ohio to the top ranking.
As Major, Sheriff McGuffey was named 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 National Association of Social Workers. She was included in the 2013 Cincinnati Enquirer’s list of “Professional Women to Watch”.
Sheriff McGuffey is committed to public safety and to ensuring accountability, transparency, and engagement with the community as the foundation of the work in the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff McGuffey is committed to building trust, to listening to department staff and the community’s ideas and concerns and to move forward together toward justice reform.
Sheriff McGuffey serves on the Board of Directors for Cincinnati Union Bethel and The Women’s City Club and is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, Class 39. Sheriff McGuffey is married to Christine Sandusky and they reside in downtown Cincinnati with their two dogs.
I am honored to be your Sheriff and am grateful to the citizens of Hamilton County for your confidence in me. I am so very proud to serve with the good men and women in the Sheriff’s Office and look forward to serving as your Sheriff. I am eager and ready to work together to enhance community safety and to ensure all citizens of Hamilton County believe that the justice system works for them.
Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey