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State police name first female lieutenant colonel


A high-ranking Maryland State Police official has been named the agency's first female lieutenant colonel -- a rank that puts her among the top four state police commanders, officials said.

Maj. Cynthia R. Smith, 37, commander of the three barracks in Western Maryland, will begin her duties as head of the Administrative Services Bureau at state police headquarters Jan. replacing retiring Lt. Col. Charles R. Mazzone.

"My career ambition has been to do the best I can in every job I get," said Smith, a Grantsville resident. "I never specifically aspired to become a lieutenant colonel."

Smith's promotion was one of 63 announced recently, among them the promotion of the second woman to become a lieutenant -- 1st Sgt. Suzanne E. Jordan, who will take over command at the Forestville barracks in Prince George's County.

Smith, who, in August 1993, was the first woman to be promoted to lieutenant, will supervise about 250 state employees, mostly civilian, she said.

The Administrative Services Bureau includes the personnel, training academy, central records and motor vehicle units. As commander of the Western Region -- the Frederick, Hagerstown, Cumberland and McHenry barracks -- she supervised more than 200 troopers and civilians.

Smith joined the department 15 years ago, seven years after the first women joined the department, and began her career as a patrol trooper at the Forestville barracks.

Pub Date: 12/20/96

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