Edward Hopkins currently serves as Director of External Affairs and Communications for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) where he oversees all external communications and liaisons, public awareness and media messaging, and legislative affairs. He has been with MEMA since 2007 and has served as their Chief of Staff, Deputy Director of Operations, and as the Manager of their Office of Domestic Preparedness – Law Enforcement Liaison Group (ODPLEL) where he served as the law enforcement/intelligence liaison with all state, local, and federal law-enforcement agencies and oversaw DHS grants totaling over 10 million dollars.
Eddie has previously served as the Director of Communications with Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services, responsible for external communications with the statewide news media, and developing press conferences, presentations, speeches and talking points on behalf of former Governor Robert Ehrlich. Eddie also served with the Harford County (MD) Sheriff’s Office for twenty-nine years retiring in 2003 as a Lieutenant. From 1994-2002 and from 2003-2005 he served as Director of Public and Media Relations and Chief Spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Highlights of his career included serving as Director of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, a center for the investigation of child sexual abuse and for eleven years was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division where he was a supervisor of the Major Crimes Unit.
Eddie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a minor in Police Management from the University of Baltimore. He has attended numerous law enforcement seminars and has participated in panel discussions regarding the role of law enforcement in Public Affairs. He formerly hosted and produced a cable television show entitled “Behind the Badge”, an award winning informational show about the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and currently hosts, “Inside Harford County” a live call-in talk show on the Harford Cable Network where local elected officials are interviewed on issues pertinent to Harford County.
Eddie is a graduate of the FBI/Harford County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Executive Development School and has served as President and Vice-President of Harvard Associates in Police Science, a 600-member medico-legal death investigation educational organization. He is actively involved in the community serving thirty-eight years with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company where he has held the positions of Board President and Assistant Fire Chief, Paramedic and PIO. He currently serves as chairman of the Maryland Municipal League’s Hometown Emergency Preparedness Ad-Hoc Committee a sub-committee whose mission is to educate municipalities on emergency preparedness, planning and awareness.
In 2007 he was elected and currently serves as a Bel Air Town Commissioner.