9 new deputies joining county


Three new Washington County Sheriff's deputies hit the streets this month and another six are expected to be patrolling on their own by August, according to Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades.

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The deputies are: Chris Howard, Joe Keller, Mike Palladino, Dave Sanders, Scott Smith, Kevin White, Marc Younker, Daniel Watson and David Izat.

"I'm glad to have them on board. I am really impressed with them," the sheriff said.

Eight of the deputies graduated from a six-month program at the Frederick Police Department training academy.

Younker, Watson and Izat were assigned to patrol on July 1 because of their prior experience, he said.

Izat was hired from the Westernport (Md.) Police Department, Mades said.

Younker had been employed by a West Virginia sheriff's office and Watson by a North Carolina police department.

The remaining recruits will be ready to patrol solo after completing a four month ride-along period with an experienced officer. It allows new deputies to learn the area and proper procedures, Mades said.


Howard, Palladino and Sanders were transferred from the sheriff's office detention division to the patrol division.

Keller was previously a sheriff's office police communications operator, said Mades.

Smith and White had no previous experience, he said.

The new deputies will bring the sheriff's department staff to 60, which includes, patrol, detectives, narcotics agents and DARE officers, said Mades.

The deputies are needed to handle increasing calls for service, he said.

In 1997 deputies in the patrol division responded to 33,213 calls compared to 33,756 in 1998, he said. Figures for 1999 were unavailable.

The positions are funded by a federal Cops on the Street grant, which will pay 75 percent of their salaries and benefits for three years, Mades said.

Washington County will pay the remaining 25 percent for that period and the total amount for later years.

Entry-level deputies are paid $24,500, he said.

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