Six officers receive promotions

January 08, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Six Washington County Sheriff's Department employees received promotions at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.

  • Mark Stanley Faith, 43, of Hancock, was promoted from sergeant to first sergeant.

    Faith, a 1977 graduate of Clear Spring High School, is a member of the Patrol Division and has worked for the sheriff's department since October 1984. He worked for the Maryland Correctional Institution in the Canine Unit from July 1980 to September 1983, and for the Hancock Police Department from September 1983 to October 1984.

    He graduated from the FBI National Academy in September 1998 and served as the commander of the Criminal Investigations Division for the sheriff's department from December 1998 to April 2000.

    Faith has a wife, Diane; one son, Mark; and two daughters, Diana and Hope.

  • The following deputies were promoted to the rank of corporal:

  • Robert William Whittington, 29, of Clear Spring.

    Whittington graduated from Williamsport High School in 1991 and from Garrett Community College in 1993. He has served eight years with the sheriff's department and currently works in the Patrol Division.


He and his wife, Amy, have a daughter, Taylor. His father, Terry, has been employed as a sergeant at the Washington County Detention Center for 19 1/2 years.

  • James Robert Grimm Sr., 31, of Keedysville.

    Grimm, who works in the Patrol Division, graduated from Boonsboro High School in 1989 and from Hagerstown Community College in 1992. He was hired by the sheriff's department in January 1994 and became a canine handler in early 1999. His canine was put to sleep in 2002 after he had the dog for 21/2 years.

    He and his wife, Tammy, have one daughter, Corina, and one son, Jonathan.

  • Christopher Sean Howard, 31, of Cascade.

    Howard was hired in May 1998 to work in the Detention Center and transferred to the Patrol Division in October 1998.

    A native of California, Howard graduated from Covina High School in 1989. He was in the U.S. Army from March 1991 to March 1997. Howard and his wife, Christina, have one daughter, Gabriella, and one son, Christian.

  • James Luther Cooper Jr., 38, of Cascade.

    Cooper started his law enforcement career at the Hagerstown Police Department in 1984 and worked there until 1986. He was hired by the sheriff's department in 1986 but left in 1988 after his family relocated. He then worked for the Westminster Police Department from 1989 to 1992. He returned to the sheriff's department in 1992 and works in the Patrol Division.

    He is a 1982 graduate of Williamsport High School. Cooper and his wife, Angela, have two daughters, Amanda and Hannah.

  • Paul Douglas Boyer, 38, of Hagerstown.

    Boyer graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1983 and received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Frostburg State College in 1987. He was hired by the sheriff's department in January 1990.

    Boyer works in the Judicial Division and is assigned to the warrant squad. He has a wife, Cathryn; one daughter, Allyson; and one son, Brady.

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