The Honorable Derek K. Hopkins was sworn into office as the Register of
Wills for Harford County on the evening of November 30, 2010 and started
on December 1, 2010. The Hopkins family has lived in Harford County for
generations. Derek is married to Katrina Hopkins and they have two
children, Tim and Emma.
Prior to Derek becoming Register of Wills he was a full time auctioneer,
estate appraiser, and a third generation real estate agent, who has
focused on estate services. Derek is a graduate of North Harford High
School, where he served in the FFA and as Maryland State FFA Vice
President. After high school he attended Virginia Tech with a focus on
business management, and worked in the Swine Research Center. Derek is
a graduate of the Missouri Auction School, Kansas City, MO. He also is
a graduate of the three-year Certified Auctioneer Institute at Indiana
University, Bloomington, IN.
Hopkins is a past 4-H member, and has been an active volunteer in 4-H
for years. He joined the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company at the age
of 16, where he served as a firefighter and EMS member. After buying a
home in Pylesville, he joined the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company,
where he is an active firefighter, EMS driver, and past president of the
company. Derek has served in many other roles at the company as well.
During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was sent by FEMA to be
deployed to Mississippi where he served over a month helping the
citizens of the gulf coast. Derek has also served on a number of other
community groups. He is a member of Harford County's Agricultural
Advisory Board and is passionate about saving the agricultural industry.
Derek grew up on the Hopkins Family farm in Darlington, where he says he
learned his hard work ethic from his great-grandmother, Hazel Hopkins,
and grandfather, Harry G. Hopkins. The family farm is now in farm
preservation. Derek resides in Pylesville with his wife Katrina, who has
worked for the State of Maryland's Court System for over 12 years. The
family spends a lot of time now working on their small farm, where they
have dairy goats, beef cattle, and chickens. 4-H is a big part of their
family life and it allows them to spend a lot of family time together.