Respected State & Harford County Retired Police Official Dies After Long Illness

(September 17, 2012 – Bel Air, MD) – A well‐respected and beloved law enforcement official who had careers with both the Maryland State Police and the Harford County Sheriff's Office passed away last night after a long illness.

Theodore S. Moyer, 83, of Edgewood, Md., died shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012. He was at his home and surrounded by family when he passed away.

Appointed to the position of Harford County Sheriff in 1981, he was elected by the voters of Harford County to serve as Sheriff from 1982‐1986. Prior to his tenure with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Moyer served for thirty years with the Maryland State Police before retiring as a Major. During his State Police career, he served as commander of the Greenbelt Post, the North East, Valley, and Bel Air barracks and of the Northern Troop.

Sheriff Moyer's service to citizens extended far beyond his public safety duties with the Maryland State Police and the Harford County Sheriff's Office. He was a longtime youth coach who was a friend and mentor to hundreds of young people during his life.

Sheriff L. Jesse Bane stated, "We lost a great man in Sheriff Moyer. History will remember him for his contributions to the State of Maryland as a member of the Maryland State Police and for his contributions to Harford County as Sheriff. Those who knew him on a more personal level will remember him for his devotion to his family and for his devotion to our youth. We wish him God's speed. He will surely be missed by all who knew him."

A resident of Harford County since 1951, Sheriff Moyer and his wife Elaine raised three sons, David, Michael, and Steve. They enjoyed spending time together as a family and were especially fond of their four grandchildren. They instilled in their children and grandchildren the values of honesty, integrity, loyalty, commitment, and the importance of family. Their son, Steve, followed in his father's footsteps. He had an outstanding career with the Maryland State Police, from which he retired as a bureau chief with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Regardless of the rank he achieved in both the State Police and Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Moyer was known for always looking out for the troops. He never forgot where he came from and knew the importance of the men and women on the front lines of public safety service. He will be remembered for many things, including his sincere concern and compassion for the people he served.

His life and career are reminders to those who knew him that if you truly want to and are willing to sacrifice your time, talent and resources, you can make a difference in the lives of others.

Service Arrangements

Memorial ServiceMountain Christian Church
1824 Mountain Road
Joppa MD 21085
Saturday, September 22nd
ReceptionRichlin Ballroom
1700 Van Bibber Road
Edgewood MD 21040
Immediately following the Memorial Service

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:

Presbury United Methodist Church
PO Box 175
Edgewood MD 21040

Maryland Troopers Association Foundation
1300 Reistertown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

News Release

September 17, 2012


  • Monica A. Worrell

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