State Police prepare for new commanders

January 17, 2000

Lt. Bruce SmithBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

Maryland State Police officials have named new commanders for the Hagerstown and Frederick barracks.

Lt. Bruce Smith, 42, who has been Hagerstown's top trooper since September 1998, will be replaced by Lt. Randy Resh, who is stationed in Garrett County, in the upcoming months.

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Smith will be transferred to the state police barracks in Pikesville, Md., where he will be assistant commander of its crime lab.

"Most of my background is in criminal work so they feel I'll be beneficial there," said Smith of his Pikesville appointment.


Prior to coming to Hagerstown, Smith commanded the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement for the southcentral and western region in Westminster, Md., where he was in charge of 15 police officers and three civilian investigators.

Smith will supervise about 39 people in his new position.

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

During his career, he served at the Hagerstown barracks for several months in 1995 and 1996.

Smith's transfer to Pikesville was approved in December but was postponed because Resh has been overseeing the state police investigation of Western Maryland boot camps. It was originally thought that the investigation would conclude in March, he said.

The complex investigation has involved more than 1,000 interviews and Resh said he needs more time to process the information.

Resh, 43, said after his investigation is completed he will take up his duties in Hagerstown.

The new Hagerstown commander was raised in Somerset County in Pennsylvania and has a degree in computers and data processing. He worked for various companies in Maryland in computers before becoming a state trooper in the late 1970s.

Resh said he entered the field of law enforcement on the suggestion of his brother, who is also a Maryland state trooper.

During his career he served for three years in Washington County in the early 1980s and at various other Western Maryland barracks. But his time in Hagerstown stood out, he said.

"I always enjoyed the people, the area and its history," Resh said.

He will have to spend time getting reacquainted with Washington County because of its growth and changes, he said.

Resh will travel to Hagerstown from his Garrett County home. He and his wife Carol, 42, have three children - daughters Jamie, 21 and Jackie, 17 and a son Jared, 15.

Another Hagerstown barrack alumni, Lt. Rob Turano, took over as commander of the Frederick barrack in early January. Turano, 37, replaced Lt. Daniel Shell, who had retired.

Turano came to Hagerstown in 1997 and served as detective, sergeant and assistant commander.

Born in Carbondale, Pa., Turano received a degree in criminal justice from Mansfield University in 1985.

He played professional double AA baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays during the 1980s before being hired as a state trooper, he said.

Turano said he feels heading up Frederick's state police will be challenging because of the growth and large volume of calls for help.

"I look forward to diving in," he said.

Turano said he will commute to work from his Hagerstown home. He is married to Candy 38, and has two children Dominick, 9 and Alexandra, 6.

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