Sheriff Ed McMahon
Sheriff Ed McMahon began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Vermont State Police, where he rose to the rank of Senior Trooper. In 1991, he and his family returned to Wilmington, where he joined the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Ed has worked in both the Patrol Division and the Detective Division, as a Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Division Commander. In 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and assigned to head the Judicial Services Division.
In 2007 Ed was promoted to Chief Deputy, serving in that position until 2009, when Sheriff Sid Causey retired and he was appointed to Sheriff. Ed was elected by the people of New Hanover County to serve as their Sheriff in 2010 and again in 2014. In 2013, Sheriff Ed was appointed to the Seventh Congressional District Homeland Security Task Force, and graduated Chief Executive Leadership Training at the Southern Police Institute.
Sheriff Ed married his college sweetheart, Teena, in 1982, and they have two married children, Shaun and his wife Sara, and Taryn and husband Josh. They are the proud grandparents of Braylee, Camdyn, Tenley, Sadie, Kylan and Kenzie, whom they adore.
Sheriff Ed says, “What an honor and a privilege it is to serve and protect the citizens of this great county. I give God the glory for His blessings on my life. I want to be a humble and available leader, serving with Professionalism, Responsibility, and Accountability. I would ask that each citizen join with me in praying for God’s wisdom each day, as I make decisions that affect each and every life that I serve.”