MdTA's acting police chief gets permanent assignment

Michael Kundrat, a Carroll County native and 26-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, has been named chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Kundrat, 53, who has been acting MdTA chief for 18 months, was selected from a field of 29 candidates for the post, which he assumed Friday. MdTA Police are responsible for law enforcement at tolled highways, tunnels and bridges, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.

Kundrat grew up in Westminster and joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1980, working as a patrol officer and later a section commander. He was commander of the Southeast District when he retired. In March 2007, he joined the MdTA Police with the rank of major and served as chief of staff and patrol commander.

The head of MdTA's search committee, the Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun Sr., said Kundrat has "a commitment to diversity and a solid strategic vision" for a department of more than 600 uniformed and civilian employees.

The chief lives in Harford County with his wife of 28 years. They have three sons.

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