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May 05, 2009

Police chief named



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members Tuesday night unanimously agreed to make acting town Police Chief George L. Knight Jr. the chief of police.

Knight, who has been a police officer in the town and who is a former Maryland State Police trooper and former Hagerstown Police Department supervisor, was one of about a half-dozen applicants for the job, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

Knight was named acting chief after former chief Charles R. Stanford resigned in March.

Knight was sworn into office by Myers after council members agreed to appoint him to the job during a regular council meeting at Town Hall.

Myers said the town now has a "top person on board."

"I'm glad to be here," Knight said.

Myers said she believed it was important to name an acting police chief after Stanford's resignation to give the department a "sense of direction. We want to keep a good stable department."

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Knight is the department's sixth chief in 12 years.

During his 24-year career with the Hagerstown Police Department, Knight served as a patrol supervisor, Washington County Narcotics Task Force member, Criminal Investigation Division detective, Special Response Team member and Western Maryland Police Academy firearms instructor.

Donations sought for youth center



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members Tuesday night agreed that the town will set up a fund to accept donations for the establishment of a youth center in town.

The fund would be similar to other accounts the town has established to help fund projects, council members said during a regular council meeting at town hall.

The account would be known as the Smithsburg JRL Community Center fund, town council members said.

Town officials said they will make deposits into the account and write checks from it.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said establishing the fund was a good move because people are often more likely to contribute to a cause if the town is involved in supporting the effort.

Smithsburg resident Lisa Linthicum, who has been spearheading the project, asked town council members to set up the fund.

Linthicum has said the youth center is needed to keep youths off the streets and give them productive ways to spend their time. She also talked to council members about applying for grants for the center and using an upstairs meeting room at Town Hall for meetings.

Town Council member Donnie Souders Jr. said he has been involved in a search for a building for the youth center.

-- Dave McMillion

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