Personal Story

IMG_1667 copyMy name is Shannon Bohrer, and I’m running for Frederick County Council District 5.

My wife, Susanne, and I reside on a small farm in outside of Emmitsburg. We are both retired and enjoy our farm, our neighbors, our horses, and our dog Lilly. We very much like where we live and believe that we are fortunate to live in Frederick County Maryland. My family has been here for generations.


My work career started with the Maryland State Police. I was a Maryland State Trooper for twenty seven years. After retiring from the State Police, I was hired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico Virginia. I was there for four years and then took a position with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. I retired from full time employment in 2010, having 42 years in law enforcement. During my professional career I wrote a number of articles in the criminal justice field.

I started my own business in 2010, Winterbilt LLC. This is a consulting and training company in the criminal justice community. I have taught part-time for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. I was also involved with primary research for officer safety and have published work in that area. I have also been employed as an expert witness in criminal justice matters and am currently employed doing contractual training for firearms and program management at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.


I have an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections from the Community College of Baltimore, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, from the University of Baltimore, and a Master in Business Administration from Frostburg State University. I completed additional Graduate work in Adult Education, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

I belong to the Maryland Troopers Association, Maryland State Police Alumni Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the Maryland Farm Bureau, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Rifle Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.


My hobbies include spending as much time as possible with my wife, horses, hunting, reading, art, traveling and continuing education. I also write a monthly column for the Emmitsburg News-Journal, a local newspaper.


Please click around to learn more about me and what I hope to bring to the council, contact us with any questions or if you’d like to volunteer, donate if you’d like to help us fund the campaign, and I hope to earn your vote this November. Thank you!