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Barracks gets new commander

September 11, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

A newly promoted lieutenant assumed command of the Hagerstown barracks of the Maryland State Police on Thursday.

Lt. Bruce Smith, whose transfer officially took effect on Wednesday, formerly commanded the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement for the southcentral and western region in Westminster, Md., officials said.

Smith follows Lt. Donnie Knott, who becomes the commander of the Annapolis barracks, officials said.

Smith served in the Hagerstown barracks for several months in 1995 and 1996.

"I remember from before it being a real good barrack - good troopers, good supervisors," he said.

Smith, 41, graduated from Baltimore Lutheran High School in Towson, Md., in 1975. He attended Essex Community College and joined the state police in 1977.

"This is where I've been ever since," he said.

At Westminster, Smith commanded a unit of 15 police investigators and three civilian investigators.

"He has a lot of experience in criminal investigations, drug investigations," said Sgt. Laura Lu Herman, a state police spokeswoman. "He brings with him years of experience commanding personnel and administration."

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Several other personnel changes will accompany Smith's promotion.

Sgt. Steven McCarty joins the Hagerstown barracks from the McHenry, Md., barracks, Herman said.

Trooper 1st Class Morris Shank was promoted to corporal and will move from the Hagerstown barracks to the Frederick, Md., barracks, she said.

Andrew Smith was promoted from corporal to sergeant and was transferred from the Hagerstown barracks to the Waterloo, Md., barracks, Herman said.

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