Millholland running for Frederick County Sheriff

Lenny Millholland

WINCHESTER – Retired Winchester Sheriff Lenny Millholland announced Friday he is ready for a comeback, this time as Frederick County Sheriff if he can win enough votes in the November General Election.

Millholland, 57, enters the race as an independent. He was a Democrat during his 12 years as Winchester sheriff, but he told more than 100 crowded into a room in the county’s Public Safety Building that he would run the Sheriff’s Office without regard for political affiliation.

“If elected Sheriff, my deputies will be a direct reflection of me,” Millholland said. “I take this position very seriously. They represent me and my feelings, not that of any political party.”

Millholland was born and raised in Cumberland, Md. He joined the Winchester Police Department in 1979 and rose to the rank of lieutenant before resigning in 2002 to take over as Winchester Sheriff.

If elected, Millholland said, he would wait a few months before deciding on any specific changes in the Sheriff’s Office. But his speech mentioned the need for change several times.

“I am not afraid of change,” Millholland said, “and feel over the next four years there could be a lot of change, change because of society and what it expects from its law enforcement and safety personnel.

“Unfortunately, we are expected to do more with less.”

While calling for change, Millholland also praised Sheriff Robert Williamson, who announced his retirement plans earlier this year.

“He has been a great sheriff and a good friend, a 40-plus [year] law enforcement officer that I have known and worked with for over 35 years,” Millholland said.

Millholland said in an interview that he has been living in the county “for a while” and has sold his former property in the city.

He said he has been considering running for Frederick County Sheriff for many months, but would have stayed as Winchester Sheriff if Williamson had not appeared to be nearing retirement.

He said in a biographical sheet that he spent 2014 to the present “listening to the residents of Frederick County about issues that would affect them.”

Other candidates in the race for sheriff so far are Independent Scott Madigan, a Frederick County deputy sheriff, and two Republicans, Frederick County Sheriff’s Capt. Aleck Beeman, and Terry Bohan, owner of El Centro restaurant and a former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com