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State police veteran retiring from force He becomes investigator for county state's attorney

First Sgt. Robert Windsor, a 27-year veteran with the Maryland State Police, will retire July 1 to become an investigator with the Carroll state's attorney's office.

Windsor, 50, will replace Gary Childs, a former Baltimore homicide detective who has been an investigator for the county state's attorney since 1994.

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Childs will become an officer with the Baltimore County Police Department, said Jerry F. Barnes, Carroll County's state's attorney.

"We are sad because Gary is leaving, but we feel very fortunate to have someone with the experience of Bob Windsor to replace him," Barnes said.

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Lt. Lawrence E. Faries, commander of the Westminster barracks, informed the County Commissioners of Windsor's retirement 10 days ago, but Barnes said hiring Windsor was contingent upon Childs obtaining the Baltimore County position.

Childs received confirmation from his new employer Friday, Barnes said.

"I have mixed feelings about leaving," said Windsor, who joined the state police after a three-year stint in the Navy. "I feel like I am leaving family, but I am excited about starting a new chapter in my life."

In his new role, Windsor will conduct investigations for prosecutors. Windsor said the opportunity to work for Barnes affected his decision to leave the state police.

"He's the most dynamic, hardest-working state's attorney I've every been associated with," Windsor said. "He's a true police officer's state's attorney, wanting to prosecute every criminal to the fullest extent of the law."

With the state police, Windsor worked road patrol in Prince George's County for about nine years. He then was assigned to Annapolis to protect the governor. For 17 years, Windsor worked a security detail for then-Govs. Harry R. Hughes and William Donald Schaefer, Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg and, most recently, Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

He joined Faries at the Westminster barracks last year as first sergeant and public information officer.

Nearly 10 years ago, Windsor received a Governor's Commendation Award after performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation to revive a man seated at the head table with the governor at the World Trade Center in Baltimore.

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Barnes predicted Windsor would be an asset to his staff. "Bob's an excellent supervisor, an effective administrator and we are lucky to have him," Barnes said.

Windsor lives in Westminster with his wife, Jean. They have four children.

Pub Date: 6/23/97



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