Francis X. Hayes, 75, city police major, Balto. Co. District Court commissioner


Francis X. Hayes, a retired city police major and Baltimore County District Court commissioner who had arranged security for the first City Fair, died of kidney failure Monday at his Westminster home. He was 75.

Mr. Hayes was born in Baltimore, the son of Irish immigrant parents. He was raised on the campus of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where his father was groundskeeper.

He was a 1947 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, and joined the Police Department that year as a patrolman.

Mr. Hayes retired in 1977 as commander of the Northern District. He was a former commander of the Central District, and also had directed the tactical section and the parking section of the traffic division before being promoted to the Northern District in 1974.

During his 30-year career, Mr. Hayes also had assignments in the community relations division, police academy, office of chief of patrol, personnel division and Northwestern District.

It was during the planning of the first City Fair in the early 1970s that Mr. Hayes was brought in for security advice.

After the Flower Mart "riot" of May 1970, "Francis said, 'It's not going to happen here,'" recalled Christopher C. Hartman, a public relations executive and former City Fair chairman. "He arranged security for the first three fairs and employed tactics that kept everyone safe."

Mr. Hartman added, "He had a knack for working with a variety of people. Blacks and whites all got along because of Francis. He was a wonderful public servant who really cared, and he imbued his men with that same spirit."

After retiring, Mr. Hayes took up another career as a Baltimore County District Court commissioner for 17 years before retiring in 1996.

He was a resident of Owings Mills for 47 years, and had lived in Westminster since 1997. He formerly coached Little League in the Owings Mills Recreation Council. He also liked working on home-improvement projects.

Mr. Hayes was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Elizabeth Terry; five sons, Thomas F. Hayes, Michael K. Hayes and David C. Hayes, all of Westminster, Richard J. Hayes of Sarver, Pa., and Wayne Hayes of Smyrna, Del.; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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