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Who is… Secretary of State Police: Terrence B. Sheridan?

May 16, 2011


Chair: Col. Terrence B. Sheridan, Secretary of State Police


TERRENCE B. SHERIDAN, Secretary of State Police

Office of Secretary
Department of State Police
1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208 – 3899
(410) 653-4219; fax: (410) 653-9651

Secretary of State Police since June 13, 2007. Served in Department of State Police, 1965-95 (commander, drug enforcement division, 1990-92; assistant chief, special operations bureau, 1992-94; commander, bureau of drug enforcement, 1994-95).

Member, Governor’s Executive Council, 2007-. Chair, Cease Fire Council, 2007-; Handgun Roster Board, 2007-; Police Training Commission, 2007-; Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, 2007-. Member, State Child Fatality Review Team, 2007-; Governor’s Family Violence Council (formerly Governor’s Council on Family Violence Prevention), 2007-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2007-; State Postmortem Examiners Commission, 2007-; Sexual Offender Advisory Board, 2007-. Chair, Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2008-. Member, Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-.

Member, Task Force to Study Identity Theft, 2007; Task Force on School Safety, 2007; Task Force to Combat Driving under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol, 2007-08; Commission to Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial, 2009-10.

Executive Assistant for Student Safety, Baltimore County Public School System, 1995-96. Chief of Police, Baltimore County, 1996-2007.

Loyola College of Maryland, B.A. (sociology). Served in Maryland Army National Guard. Graduate, National Executive Institute; FBI National Academy. Member, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association; Police Executive Research Forum; International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Appointed by Governor to 2-year terms: John L. Chew, Jr.; Robert Ross Coates; E. Steven Emanuel; John J. Hohman; Clarence E. Jewell III; Kevin L. Lewis; Michael B. Rund; David Zylak. Terms expire 2012.

Appointed by Senate President: James E. DeGrange, Sr.

Appointed by House Speaker: James N. Mathias, Jr.

Ex officio: Andrew A. Lauland, Office of Governor; Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, Adjutant General; T. Eloise Foster, Secretary of Budget & Management; Elliot H. Schlanger, Secretary of Information Technology; Col. George F. Johnson IV, designee of Secretary of Natural Resources; Ronald C. Brothers, designee of Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, Secretary of  Transportation; Robert R. Bass, M.D., Executive Director, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems; Raymond Lehr, State Interoperability Director; Richard G. Muth, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Staff: Capt. Thomas M. Williams

c/o Office of Secretary, Department of State Police
1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208 – 3899
(410) 653-4254

In July 2008, the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee was established by the Governor (Executive Order 01.01.2008.07). To ensure that emergency and public safety agencies statewide have compatible communications systems, the Committee develops standards and policies which it approves and updates in the Maryland Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan. Further, it promotes cooperation among federal, State and local public safety agencies; sets funding priorities for statewide interoperability projects; and advises on the development of a statewide interoperable radio and data communications system. The Committee works with the Program Management Office of the Department of State Police in creating and implementing the Statewide interoperable communications system.

The Committee has up to thirty-four members, of whom eleven serve ex officio. The Committee may set up work groups and subcommittees as needed to carry out its work.

Chair: Raymond Lehr, State Interoperability Director

Appointed by Executive Committee:
David Balthis; Douglas J. Baralo; Richard Bohn; Charles F. Bristow; John Chew; R. Ross Coates; Maj. Xavier (Monte) Dashiell; Raymond Edwards; Clarence E. Jewell; Kevin Lewis; Brian Muser; Michael B. Roosa; Maj. Scott Roper; G. Edward Ryan; Daniel T. Sheffield; Gregory J. Urban; Kim Valenzia; Lt. Richard J. Williams.

Created in July 2008, the Practitioner Steering Group advises and supports the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (Executive Order 01.01.2008.07). Group members represent each State agency, entity, and geographic region included on the Executive Committee.

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Maryland Executive Commissions, Committees, Task Forces, & Advisory Boards
Maryland Universities & Colleges
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The Maryland State Police is a department of state government that also includes the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Vehicle Theft Prevention Council. Nearly 2,500 sworn and civilian employees provide a full range of law enforcement services to the people of Maryland.

From Ocean City to Deep Creek Lake, you can find members of the Maryland State Police working around-the-clock to keep you, your family, and your property safe. Our troopers, fire marshals, and civilian employees are dedicated professionals committed to making a difference in the lives of the citizens we serve by providing the highest quality of law enforcement services available anywhere. They are held to strict standards of law enforcement training, integrity, and responsibility.

Our daily focus is on highway safety, homeland security, reducing violent crime, and providing support to local police departments. State troopers patrol Maryland highways and communities, strictly enforcing traffic and criminal laws. Their dedicated efforts help save lives by reducing traffic crashes and interdicting individuals attempting to further their criminal enterprise by traveling in or through our state. Deputy state fire marshals investigate fire and explosive incidents and ensure compliance with the State Fire Prevention Code in public buildings.

Homeland security is a top priority for the Maryland State Police. Working with our local, state and federal partners, our goal is to identify and intercept those planning acts of terrorism against our nation.

That same partnership enables us to operate more efficiently as we work to reduce violent crime in Maryland. State Police investigators are actively involved in statewide partnerships to address criminal gangs, the illegal use of firearms, vehicle theft rings, wanted fugitives, drug operations, and related crime.

We support local police departments across Maryland everyday. That support can include troopers assisting local police at the scene of a traffic crash, investigators conducting a homicide investigation, scientists providing the services of our state-of-the-art Forensic Sciences Laboratory, or help from the flight crews of our world renowned fleet of medevac helicopters.

Whether you live in Maryland, are visiting here, or are just traveling through, all of us in the Maryland State Police are committed to serving and protecting you. I hope your visit to the Maryland State Police website provides the information you need and helps you learn more about the men and women proudly known as “Maryland’s finest.”

Terrence B. Sheridan was appointed Superintendent of the Maryland State Police by Governor Martin O’Malley on June 6, 2007. He commands a department of state government comprised of 2,500 sworn and civilian employees involved in statewide law enforcement duties within the Maryland State Police, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Vehicle Theft Prevention Council.

Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, Colonel Sheridan had served as Chief of Police in Baltimore County since April 8, 1996. He commanded more than 2,400 members of one of the most progressive and professional police departments in the nation. During his tenure with the Baltimore County Police Department, Colonel Sheridan enhanced criminal enforcement efforts, increased community policing, invested in advanced technology and reduced overall crime.

Before joining the Baltimore County Police, Colonel Sheridan served with the Maryland State Police for 30 years before his retirement with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His assignments included patrol, criminal investigation and internal affairs. In 1990, he was promoted to Major and took command of the Drug Enforcement Division. Two years later, he became Assistant Chief of the Special Operations Bureau and in 1994 became Chief of the Bureau of Drug Enforcement.

In 1995, Colonel Sheridan retired from the State Police to become Executive Assistant for Student Safety in the Baltimore County public school system. He served there until his appointment as police chief.

Colonel Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Loyola College. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the FBI National Academy. Colonel Sheridan served his state and nation for six years as a member of the Maryland Army National Guard.

Colonel Sheridan serves on a number of regional and national boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Harvard Associates in Police Science and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Community Policing Institute Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Major Cities’ Chiefs; International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Police Executive Research Forum; and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.

In recognition of his accomplishments in law enforcement and his involvement in professional and community activities, Colonel Sheridan has been honored with numerous awards and citations.

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