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Retired Martinsburg police chief saluted for years of service

April 09, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Former Martinsburg (W.Va.) Police Chief Ted Anderson
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Former Martinsburg Police Chief Theodore C. "Ted" Anderson pledged his support to Martinsburg City Council on Thursday, even in retirement.

"I'll still be around. If you need anything I'll be glad to help ya'," Anderson said receiving his firearm and a framed resolution of appreciation from Mayor George Karos and a shadow box containing his badges, from patrol to chief, from Sgt. Darrll Ruppenthal.

Anderson told city leaders who stood and applauded him for his service, that it had been a "distinct honor and privilege" to serve the citizens of the Martinsburg, his hometown.

Anderson was joined at Thursday's council meeting by his wife, Pamela, and his father, former Martinsburg City Councilman Donald Anderson.

The resolution read aloud by Karos recognizes the former chief for being named Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer by the Martinsburg Jaycees in 1979, a year after he joined the department.

In 1989, Anderson was recognized as Officer of the Year by Berkeley County Crime Solvers and in 2008, he received the Dedicated Service Award by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force. Anderson chaired the Task Force's board of directors from 1994 to 2008, according to the resolution.

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Anderson also was credited for restarting the city's motorcycle patrol program after a 40-year hiatus, launching a foot/bicycle patrol program for downtown.

He also is credited with implementing the school resource officer program at Martinsburg High School and the Jr. Police Academy and the Police Law Enforcement Explorer programs.

Anderson became chief in 1998 after serving as captain for eight years. He retired on March 20.

"I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work for," said Anderson who shook hands with council members and received a hug from City Recorder Sharon A. Flick.

After Thursday's meeting, City Manager Mark Baldwin said the city had received applications from an internal advertisement of the position. He could not say when a new chief would be hired.

Lt. Timothy J. "Tim" Catlett is serving as acting chief.

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