American Charmaine McGuffey, 63, a committed lesbian, was elected sheriff of Hamilton County, Ohio. She made headlines in the election for the position, where she challenged the incumbent, Jim Neil, who fired her from the sheriff’s department three years ago.
Neil insists that he fired McGuffey for creating a hostile work environment. In a pending lawsuit against the department she will soon lead, McGuffey says she has been subjected to a toxic workplace.
She claims it was because she spoke out against excessive force – and because she is an openly gay woman. The information is from NBC News.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, McGuffey said he knew he wanted to be a policeman when he was 14. But when she enrolled at the University of Cincinnati in the late 1970s, women couldn’t be in uniform.
That changed when McGuffey graduated, and she joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 1983. Moving up in rank, she received brilliant reviews and numerous accolades over more than three decades of service.
Charmaine made history as a major
In 2013, McGuffey was promoted to major in command of prison and court services, making her the highest ranking woman in the department’s history. Under his supervision, the Hamilton County Justice Center went from the worst prison in Ohio to the best in just three years, according to audits by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections.
McGuffey will be the first LGBTQ sheriff in Hamilton County, as well as the first woman to serve in that role. And in such a divided nation, she said, this is “a ray of sunshine through clouds”. I have heard of so many people, not only in Hamilton County, but across the country. They are happy to have some hope.
When she takes office in January, she said her priority will be to ensure that everyone she has sworn to protect believes that the justice system works for them.