When Bernard Gerst retired as a colonel in the Baltimore County Police Department in 2001, his career in law enforcement didn't end.
Since then, Gerst has led the full-service Towson University Police Department, with a staff of 63 that includes 41 sworn officers and 11 dispatchers/communications operators.
"I retired specifically to take the job at Towson," he said.
Gerst, 57, of Harford County, boasts an enviable record as chief of the growing campus' law enforcement efforts. Now, he and his staff will be among the honorees when the community group Towson Area Citizens on Patrol presents its annual awards June 19 as part of its Rally Against...