Harford County Sheriff's Office

With courage, honor, and integrity, we protect the rights of all citizens


Sheriff Gahler

Jeffrey R. Gahler

Sheriff Gahler was elected as Sheriff of Harford County in 2014. As the primary law enforcement agency in Harford County and the largest full service agency in the State of Maryland, the Harford County Sheriff's Office is responsible for providing court services, law enforcement, and correctional services to the county's 255,000 residents. Sheriff Gahler leads a workforce of nearly 600 sworn and civilian personnel and oversees an annual budget of $69,000,000.

Prior to taking office, Sheriff Gahler served 28 years during a distinguished career with the Maryland State Police, with seventeen of those years directly serving the needs of Harford County residents. He began as a Cadet and grew through the ranks until he retired as a Captain in 2012. He served as the assistant commander of the State's Criminal Intelligence Division post September 11, 2001, and later served on the executive staff for the Secretary of State Police. He served as Northern Troop Commander, leading all State Police activities in Harford, Cecil and Carroll counties while serving a population of more than 500,000 citizens and providing daily leadership and support to 195 personnel and later served as the Commander of the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division, responsible for licensing and regulating over 1,600 vehicle safety inspection stations and 9,000 inspection mechanics throughout the State.

As a 37 year resident of Harford County, Sheriff Gahler resides in the Forest Hill Community with his wife and children. Sheriff Gahler is a North Harford High School and Harford Community College graduate and obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Sheriff Gahler is a member of the adjunct faculty within the Public Safety Leadership Program at the Johns Hopkins University and, until his election, served as an operating partner/owner of the Advanced Leadership Consortium, a company committed to providing quality training and consulting services to public safety organizations and private businesses.