Warden Richard A. Lanham Resigns

Departure Ends Distinguished Career

(Bel Air, Md. – July 1, 2006) — Richard A. Lanham, Warden of the Harford County Detention Center, has announced his resignation with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office effective July 31, 2006. Warden Lanham has served as warden of the Harford County Detention Center since November 2004. Warden Lanham cited personal reasons, specifically spending more time with family in Georgia, for his decision to leave the sheriff’s office.

Prior to his appointment by Sheriff R. Thomas Golding as warden, Lanham served as Commissioner of Corrections for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for nine years, and prior to that as Director of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board under Secretary Bishop L. Robinson. Warden Lanham left state service in January 1999.

Warden Lanham began his career in law enforcement in 1959 as a patrol officer with the Baltimore City Police Department. He rose through the ranks of the department holding numerous positions, and retired at the rank of colonel and chief of detectives in 1988.

During his 41-year career in law enforcement, Warden Lanham has received numerous citations and commendations for exemplary performance.

One of Warden Lanham’s primary tasks was to obtain state approval and funding for the expansion of the Harford County Detention Center. During the recently completed 2006 Maryland General Assembly Session, the legislature gave final approval and funding for the planning and construction for the proposed expansion of the detention center.

Sheriff R. Thomas Golding has announced the appointment of Major Elwood Dehaven as the acting warden upon the departure of Warden Lanham. A permanent appointment will be made following the general election later this year.

Commenting on the service of Warden Lanham, Sheriff Golding stated, “Dick Lanham is a true professional in every sense of the word. He has done an outstanding job as warden and we are saddened by his decision to retire.”

Regarding his departure from service, Warden Lanham stated, “I have given the citizens of Baltimore City, Harford County and the State of Maryland the best I have to offer. I have truly enjoyed my 41 years in law enforcement and hoped I made a difference along the way.”

Press Release

July 01, 2006