Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane and Warden Elwood Dehaven have announced the 15th graduating class of Entrance Level Correctional Officers.
The graduates are: Adam Blair, Christopher Carnohan, Benjamin Elliott, Michael Gerczak, Kelly Hudson, Andrew Infante, Terry Lindsey, Megan McBride, Mary Mullin, Brandon Smithson, Garrett Stefan, Michelle Travers and David Wille.
Adam Blair was named class valedictorian with a 97.6 average. Mary Mullin was selected by her peers to place the ceremonial class flag.
Guest speakers for the ceremony were Bane and retired warden Richard Lanham. Bane and Pat Bradley, executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, presented the diplomas.
Graduates completed 10 weeks of intensive training sanctioned by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.
Recruits received specialized training in more than 200 course objectives, including first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defensive tactics, fire safety, report writing and physical fitness.
Graduates will receive nine credits toward an associate arts degree in criminal justice.
For information on a career as a correctional officer with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, call 410-836-6600 or visit www.harfordsheriff.org.
Library announces associate director
Mary Hastler has been named associate director for Harford County Public Library, where she will oversee the materials management, public services, marketing and development areas of the library.
Hastler has worked at Harford County and Baltimore County public libraries, both in public and support service.
She worked at HCPL from 1996 to 2006, when she left to go to the Baltimore County Public Library as associate director for support services.
In addition to her other duties, Hastler will be actively involved with assessing and implementing the library's current strategic plan, efforts to develop partnerships, and promoting the library and its services throughout the county.
She has a master's degree in library science from University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. She is active in state and national library associations.
Hastler will begin her new post tomorrow.
Funds to improve recreation park
The state Board of Public Works has approved Program Open Space funds to improve the Edgewood Recreation Park.
A new multipurpose field and parking areas will be 75 percent financed with $450,000 in local-side POS funds.
The additional field and parking will help meet the continued demand for more recreation opportunities in the community. Once completed, Harford County estimates that the park's annual visitation will increase to 25,000 visits.