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New MSP commander 4 months late

July 19, 2000

New MSP commander 4 months late



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


The new commander at the Maryland State Police barracks in Hagerstown is four months overdue, but he's still coming.

A continuing investigation of Western Maryland boot camps is holding up his arrival, according to police.

Lt. Bruce Smith, 42, has served as commander of the Hagerstown barracks since September 1998. He was scheduled for transfer to the state police barracks in Pikesville, Md., where he will be assistant commander of its crime lab, Major Frank Moran said.

Smith will be replaced by Lt. Randy Resh, who is stationed in Garrett County.

Smith's transfer was approved in December but it was postponed because Resh has been overseeing the state police investigation of Western Maryland boot camps.

It was originally thought that the investigation would be concluded in March, Moran said.

The complex investigation has involved more than 1,000 interviews and Resh, 43, needs more time to process the information, he said. After the investigation is completed Resh will assume his duties in Hagerstown.

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Resh, who was raised in Somerset County, Pa., 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.

During his career he served for three years in Washington County in the early 1980s as well as at other Western Maryland barracks.

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