SMITHSBURG - Nearly three months after the Smithsburg Town Council voted to hire Ralf Berger conditionally as the town's new police chief, a background report detailing his work history has not been completed.
Mayor Tommy Bowers commissioned the report from the Washington County Sheriff's Department. He expected it to be finished last month.
The previous Town Council agreed to hire a police chief before a background check was completed because the job had been vacant for about five months after former Chief Vincent duCellier left to accept a training position in Kosovo.
Bowers said he didn't know the reason for the delay of the background report.
Berger told Bowers during a special council meeting last Tuesday the Sheriff's Department was awaiting results of a urine test and a physical exam.
Sgt. Mark Faith of the Sheriff's Department declined to comment on the background report and referred questions to Sheriff Charles Mades, who was unavailable.