John E. O'Connor
Third Commissioner District
301-475-4200 ext. 1353
Upon graduation from high school, he joined the United States Army and served as a Military Police Officer, earning the rank of Sergeant. He participated in peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, and combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. John is a highly decorated veteran, and during his tour in Iraq, he was awarded the Purple Heart and received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device for participation in acts of heroism involving direct conflict with an armed enemy.
O’Connor earned an Associate’s degree from Kaplan University in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from John's Hopkins University. At John’s Hopkins his studies focused on Public Safety Leadership as part of the John’s Hopkins University’s Public Safety Leadership Program.
After completing several years of service in the United States Army, he continued his public service as a police officer in both paid and volunteer positions. O’Connor has served in various capacity such as patrol officer, supervisor, command staff, and Acting Chief of Police. In total he has served in public safety and in public service for over 19 Years.
O’Connor is a Small Business Owner, Distinguished Lifetime Member of the NRA, a private pilot, UAS (Drone) pilot and supporter of civil aviation initiatives. O’Connor continues to be active in groups such as; The Wounded Warrior Project, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2632, American Legion Post 221, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, Thomas J. Shryock Masonic Lodge No. 223 A.F & A.M , Raeford Masonic Lodge No. 306 A.F & A.M, Association of the United States Army, and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 9 as a representative to the State.
O’Connor has served for several years on Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) Board of Trustees as well as a member of LGIT’s Risk Management subcommittee.