Retired Navy Capt. announces run for St. Mary’s Sheriff

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Phelan has formally announced the launch of his campaign for Sheriff of St. Mary’s County, MD in 2018.

“It is my desire to provide new, fresh and experienced leadership to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and bring the next level of responsive administration to the citizens of St. Mary’s County. I feel my leadership style and business expertise can continue to improve the operation of the Sheriff’s Office and provide safety and security for our county,” said Phelan.

Tom Phelan is a 26+ year veteran of the U. S. Navy, test pilot and combat veteran of Desert Storm, having first moved to St. Mary’s County in 1987.  He is currently working as a contractor supporting Test and Evaluation programs at Patuxent River.  Capt. Phelan previously led and commanded four Naval Commands and is ready to provide his leadership skills and experience to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. 

Tom has been married to his wife Donna for 36 years, and together, they raised three children in St. Mary’s County.  Phelan has continued his commitment to the community through completion of St. Mary’s County Citizen Police Academy and the Leadership Southern Maryland program.

Please visit Tom’s website, or Facebook page,, to see more about Tom’s experience and vision for the Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County. 

Authority: Friends of Phelan for Sheriff; Donna Phelan, Treasurer

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