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She keeps communication open for DNR Police

May 12, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - A longtime employee with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources police, Tina White usually spends three days a week at the Town Hill office in Cumberland, Md.

The other two days, White - an administrative secretary for the agency - is at the Echo Lake location on South Mountain at the Frederick/Washington county line.

For many years, the Clear Spring transplant was a dispatcher for the agency. Those were the exciting years, she said.

"You never knew from minute to minute what you would be doing," she said.

Still considered a communications officer, White said her duties now are more secretarial.

"I am still dealing with the fellows in the field, monitoring their activities, and I like that," White said.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she became a member of the police communication staff in 1997, a position she held until two years ago.

"Now all the dispatching is done out of Annapolis," White said.

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During her employment, she met and got to know Jeff White, who retired as an employee of the Department of Natural Resources Police.

The couple has been together for about 20 years now, the same amount of time they have lived in Clear Spring.

Sometimes they work together at Echo Lake, but on a recent weekday afternoon, Jeff White was at a safety fair at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., in his capacity as a reserve officer.

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