Anderson named police chief

July 17, 1998


Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Theodore C. "Ted" Anderson, acting chief of the Martinsburg Police Department since January, will take on the job permanently, city officials said Thursday.

Anderson, 43, currently a captain, was named the permanent replacement for former Chief Wayne Cleveland, who left in January.

He has been second-in-command for eight years, and said he felt fortunate to have worked his way up the ranks.

"This is probably going to be the pinnacle of my career," he said.

A Martinsburg native, Anderson has been a member of the department since 1978.

Before that, he spent 31/2 years as a deputy sheriff with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

He started his career in police work as a communications operator with the West Virginia State Police in Martinsburg.

Anderson said he sees his roots in the community and the fact he has two granddaughters living here as assets to him in his new job.


"I'm a stakeholder in this community on a personal level that I think will make me a better appointed official," said Anderson, a 1973 Martinsburg High School graduate.

Anderson said he plans to take a democratic approach to the operation of his department and continue to work closely with sworn and civilian members.

He said he's lucky to have a strong group of people with which to work and will solicit input from within the department, especially from his lieutenants and the new captain.

Anderson's replacement will be named in the months to come through the civil service process, which will move everyone up through the ranks, he said.

Martinsburg has challenges unique to West Virginia because of its proximity to the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas, Anderson said.

Another challenge will be to keep up with technological advancements and trends in police work, he said.

Anderson has an associate's degree in administration of justice from Hagerstown Junior College and has done work toward a bachelor's degree.

A 1975 graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy's basic training class, he has completed more than 70 additional training courses and seminars, including training in small law enforcement agency management at the National Crime Prevention Institute.

He holds a Law Enforcement Officers Instructors Certificate from the West Virginia Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction.

Cleveland left the post in late January to become police chief in Hopewell, Va., said City Manager Mark S. Baldwin.

There were close to 70 applicants for the job, Baldwin said.

During the search process in February and March, that group was narrowed to a "workable group of candidates" for interview, he said.

Throughout the process, city officials were talking to Anderson as a potential candidate for the job, Baldwin said.

Anderson's annual salary will remain at $45,870, the salary Cleveland was making when he left and what Anderson has been making since being named acting chief in January, he said.

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