New deputy comes to towns


KEEDYSVILLE - Residents in Keedysville and Sharpsburg will see a new face from the Washington County Sheriff's Department patrolling their towns.

On Saturday, Deputy Marc Yonker, 30, replaced Deputy 1st Class Kenneth Cain, 46, as the town's resident deputy.

Keedysville and Sharpsburg pool their resources to pay for police protection from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Under the agreement the resident deputy spends about three hours a day in each town. The remaining hours on duty are spent patrolling southern Washington County.

Keedysville has 464 residents and Sharpsburg has 613, according to Census Bureau figures.

Cain, who had been resident deputy for more than a year, was promoted to detective.

He said he enjoyed working in the towns but looks forward to the challenge his new position offers.

Sharpsburg Mayor George Kesler said he was disappointed to hear Cain was leaving but wishes him well.

"He did an excellent job," Kesler said, adding that Cain made an impact in reducing speeding in the town.


Keedysville Mayor Lee Brandenburg met with Yonker on Friday and said he thinks he will do well.

A Flintstone, Md., native, Yonker lives in Allegheny County with his wife Lisa, 26, and three children: Morgan, 10 months, Paden, 8, and Brittney, 11. He has been a Washington County deputy since September.

He graduated from Allegany Community College and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Frostburg State University.

Following his academy training, Yonker accepted a position with the Hardy County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department in 1995.

Yonker worked as a deputy in West Virginia for four years before resigning last year to take a job with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

While he liked it in West Virginia, the Washington County Sheriff's Department pays better and the resident deputy schedule is flexible so he can see more of his family, he said.

Yonker said he is a few credits shy of his criminal justice degree from Frostburg State, and his new hours allow him time to finish up.

He said working in small towns appealed to him and reminded him of his hometown of Flintstone.

"I like working in a town where I know everyone and everyone knows me," he said.

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