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Lt. Mike Fluharty named new commander of Maryland State Police barrack

July 05, 2013
  • Lt. Mike Fluharty was named Maryland State Police barrack's new commander July 1, taking over for the now-former Commander Lt. Tom Woodward, who retired after a 35-year career.
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A new commander has assumed the lead role at the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown.

Lt. Mike Fluharty was named the barrack’s new commander July 1, taking over for the now-former Commander Lt. Tom Woodward, who retired after a 35-year career.

Fluharty, a resident of Washington County, has served as a state trooper for the past 18 years in various capacities, including as commander of the Cumberland barrack for nearly two years before his move to Hagerstown.

“It’s obviously good to be home and back taking care of the people that you live with here in the county,” Fluharty said. “It’s kind of exciting for me. I get an opportunity come back here and make an impact in the county.”

Before joining the Maryland State Police ranks, Fluharty worked as a deputy sheriff in Hanover County, Va. He also served four years in the U.S. Marines from 1989 to 1993.

Along with adding more troopers to the area, Fluharty said one of his primary goals as commander is to reduce the number of fatal accidents occurring in area, specifically along the two major interstates — Interstates 70 and 81 — that intersect near Hagerstown.

Fluharty said a total of 12 fatal crashes have been handled in Washington County since the start of 2013.

“I want to make sure we’re out there making a difference with the drivers,” he said.

MSP-Hagerstown (Barrack O) is at 18345 Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive, near the I-70/Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) interchange just south of Hagerstown.

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— C.J. Lovelace

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