Schools hire new security manager

October 18, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - A Smithsburg resident and law enforcement veteran is the new safety and security specialist/risk manager for Washington County Public Schools.

Steven L. Ganley has nearly 25 years of experience in that field and has several commendations for achievements in the areas of safety, response and crime prevention.

School board members unanimously approved Ganley for the position along with other personnel changes during a Tuesday night business meeting.

The school system's previous security specialist, E. Paul Rudolph, was hired Aug. 26, 2003. He left the position in May, and the job had been vacant.

Officials said Ganley will be responsible for working with senior staff to develop safety and security procedures for the school system.


"We are very pleased to have a person of (Ganley's) caliber," Board President W. Edward Forrest said. "The expertise that he brings to us will greatly enhance our emergency response efforts, prevention and safety activities, and our overall risk management for the schools."

Ganley said he would like to speak with officials in the county's schools and other groups about their ideas for making schools as safe as possible. He said he anticipates that his extensive contacts within local law enforcement agencies will be helpful.

He has served as a criminal investigation supervisor/administrator with Maryland State Police since 2001. In that role, he works closely with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Hagerstown Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Social Services and other state and municipal agencies.

Ganley said one of his first tasks in his new position will be to review existing policies and procedures.

Ganley is expected to begin working for the school system full-time Nov. 1. According to the job posting, he will be paid between $60,261 and $85,916.

He said he expects to reach out to his contacts in law enforcement for additional ideas on securing the county's schools.

"I'm going to be learning about what is in place and what is needed before making recommendations," Ganley said.

He served in the office of superintendent/internal affairs unit and the special tactical assault team for Maryland State Police, according to a written release. He has worked for Maryland State Police since 1983, beginning as a trooper.

He graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1987 and the Maryland State Police Academy in 1983. He has taken additional course work in criminal and accident investigation.

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said in a release that before Ganley begins work he will be attending safety- and security-related meetings and learning about school system operations.

While working for the state police, Ganley received several awards and honors, including the Washington County Sheriff's Recognition in 2004 for Cooperative Criminal Enforcement Effort and Assistance. He also received awards for his work in 1995 with the Special Response Team and in 2002 for his work related to the D.C. Sniper Task Force, according to a release.

He also has assisted the Child Advocacy Center with policy development and the protection of children, assisted Frederick and Allegany counties public schools in crime prevention activities, wrote and helped in developing public safety announcements for state police and served as a drug abuse resistance education instructor, the release stated.

Some of Ganley's duties

The following are some of the responsibilities of the safety and security specialist/risk manager, according to a job posting for the position:

· Advise senior management on all security matters.

· Evaluate the system's safety/security program (plans) and recommend changes as necessary.

· Ensure that school personnel conduct periodic safety drills to assess their preparedness for emergencies.

· Analyze safety and security risks and trends and recommend responses to negative trends.

· Consult with building principals and head custodians to develop and coordinate security programs, assist in the development, annual review and update of security and emergency procedures/plans, and the use of security personnel at extracurricular activities.

· Conduct in-service safety and security training programs.

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