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Town to keep its police chief

August 02, 2000

Town to keep its police chief



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


SMITHSBURG - After an hour-long executive session of the Smithsburg Mayor and Town Council Tuesday night, Mayor Tommy Bowers announced that Ralf Berger will remain the town's police chief.

The council spent the executive session going over a background report on Berger completed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department and listening to a recording of the minutes of the March council meeting at which Berger was hired, said Bowers.

Berger was hired conditionally pending completion of a background check. In the meantime, the council learned that Berger had previously been found guilty of several administrative charges while employed by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. He was not charged criminally.

Although the council did not vote on whether to keep Berger it was the consensus of opinion, said Bowers.

"I don't think anyone had a problem with it," said Bowers.

Berger was out of town Wednesday evening and unavailable to comment.

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The police chief has been praised by Bowers and members of council for his work on the job.

"He's doing great," said Bowers.

"He's done a good job so far. I'm behind him 100 percent," said Councilman Jake Johnson.

Councilman Jerome Martin said he felt the matter was resolved and was eager to move on to other issues concerning the town.

Councilman Charlie Slick refused to comment and Council members Elizabeth "Peachy" Mann and Mike Rohrer did not return phone calls.

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