Longtime Harford resident Stephen Moyer a leader in the Sarasota, Fla., police

The Sarasota, Fla., Police Department has announced the appointment of Stephen Moyer, a longtime resident of Harford County, as the department's new assistant chief.

Moyer has 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He was introduced during a special promotional ceremony on June 12 at the Sarasota Police Department.

An Edgewood High School graduate, Moyer has a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is also a graduate from the Police Executive Leadership Program.

Before joining the Sarasota Police Department, Moyer was security director for the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where he managed 75 officers. The security detail covered 6,000 employees and 18,000 weekly visitors and patients in the hospital.

Moyer also served with the Maryland State Police for 24 years, holding ranks of deputy secretary and lieutenant colonel and chief for the Field Operations Bureau. This included overseeing day-to-day operations of 23 barracks throughout Maryland. Moyer has also served as deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice.

Other positions Moyer has held include the commander for the Internal Affairs Unit and Executive Protection Unit – Support Services Bureau for the Maryland State Police. He was responsible for all aspects of security and protection for the Maryland governor, lieutenant governor and other high ranking state officials. He also spent time serving has the legislative liaison for the State Police Governmental Affairs Office, the barrack commander for the Field Operations Bureau and the Criminal Investigation Division for the Office of the Attorney General.

Among the highlights in his law enforcement career, as an avid sports fan, Moyer was in the dugout running the Maryland governor's executive protection detail the night Cal Ripen broke baseball's iron man record in 1995.

When the Cleveland Browns negotiated to move to Baltimore to become the Ravens, Moyer's detail transported the late Art Modell, then the Browns owner, in and out of private meetings with then-Maryland Gov. Paris Glendenning. Moyer also attended the press conference announcing the move.

During Moyer's tenure, the Maryland State Police SWAT arrested the D.C. Snipers. Moyer has also had the chance to meet the pope and receive a rosary blessed by him for providing security for the American cardinals during the papal visit to Baltimore in the 1990s. Moyer traveled to Haiti immediately after the earthquake to assist a team of 30 doctors and nurses to run a MASH Unit.

Moyer noted his love and dedication for law enforcement runs in the family. His father, Theodore S. Moyer, who died last September, was a retired Maryland State Police major and former Sheriff of Harford County.

Moyer and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Kyle, 23 and Drew, 21. The couple has been married almost 28 years. Moyer is an avid sports fan and roots for the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles.

Moyer said he and his family are excited to call Sarasota their new home and look forward to taking in the great weather, Orioles spring training games and the area's beaches.

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