HAGERSTOWN -- Margaret Kline doesn't think of herself as a pioneer, despite the fact she was the first woman to work uniform patrol with the Hagerstown Police Department 35 years ago.
"When I started in 1974, I was the first woman with arrest powers," Kline said.
Her career since that historic beginning led recently to her being honored as Woman of the Year by the Hagerstown Business and Professional Women's Club.
Kline, 53, said she was overwhelmed by the honor, which she feels is an acknowledgment of her body of work -- from working patrol to her current rank of lieutenant.
Over the years, Kline rose to shift commander. She has been director of the Western Maryland Police Academy since 2004 and is a professor at Hagerstown Community College.