Special Prosecutor Investigation Concluded

Charges Unsubstantiated

(Bel Air, Md. – June 30, 2006) — The Office of the State Prosecutor has notified Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding, that Chief Deputy Howard Walter, has been exonerated of allegations of criminal misconduct by the State Prosecutor. Sheriff Golding recently received word from investigators with the State Prosecutor’s Office that the investigation had been completed. Investigators concluded there was a lack of evidence and corroboration of the allegations that Colonel Walter had conducted himself improperly regarding the Sheriff’s campaign efforts.

As is common practice, the State Prosecutor declined to elaborate on the details of the investigation, but did advise Sheriff Golding that the allegations were “baseless and without merit”.

“I want to thank the State Prosecutors Office for the thoroughness of its investigation. Their efforts are an integral aspect of ensuring the integrity of this office, as well as that of many other governmental entities.” stated Sheriff Golding.

Colonel Walter has served with the Sheriff’s Office for 33 years and has held numerous positions within the agency including two terms as Chief Deputy to the previous sheriff and as Warden of the Harford County Detention Center.

Commenting on the findings by the state prosecutor, Sheriff Golding stated, “I am obviously pleased with the information received regarding the investigation, but saddened by the desire of some to cast aspersions upon this Office and on the Chief Deputy who has been a loyal and committed member of this agency for many years. It is now time to move forward and complete unfinished business for the people of Harford County.”