Sheriff’s Office Graduates New Correctional Officers

(Bel Air, Md. – December 7, 2005) — Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding and Warden Richard Lanham, of the Harford County Detention Center, are pleased to announce the graduation of eight new correctional officers. The correctional officers assigned to Entrance Level Corrections Class #12, graduated Tuesday evening at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air.

The graduates completed 10 grueling weeks and 392 hours of intensive training sanctioned by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. Correctional officer recruits received specialized training in various courses, and were required to successfully pass more than 200 course objectives, including first aid, CPR, defensive tactics, fire safety, report writing, crime scene processing and physical fitness among others.

Correctional Officers graduating Tuesday evening were:

  • Kara Angelo
  • Paul Cole
  • Jason, Holliday
  • Andrea Pennell
  • David Ramey
  • Lee Travers, III
  • Phillip Vass
  • Kyle Whery

Correctional Officer Andrea Pennell was class valedictorian, and graduated with 97.5 percent overall average.

Approximately 200 people, including law enforcement personnel, family and friends, attended the commencement ceremony. Among the distinguished guests who attended the graduation were Clerk of the Circuit Court James Riley, States Attorney Joseph Cassilly, Robert McCord, Harford County Attorney and “Captain” Jim McMahan, Bel Air Town Commissioner.

Sheriff Golding and Warden Lanham presented each of the officers with their respective diplomas. Clerk of the Court Riley administered the oath of office.

Commenting on the addition of the new correctional officers, Warden Lanham stated, “These men and women are among the finest correctional officers in the State. We welcome them and look forward to their service with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.”

Sheriff Golding advised the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking qualified applicants for Correctional Officer Recruits. During the next three years, the Sheriff’s Office is planning a major expansion of the detention center. Commenting on career opportunities as a correctional officer, Sheriff Golding stated, “Serving as a correctional officer is to serve in a profession of dire importance to our county and state.”

Personnel who successfully complete training as a correctional officer with Harford County receive nine credits towards an Associate Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Harford Community College.

For further information regarding a career as a correctional officer with the Sheriff’s Office, call 1-877-562-3888 or visit the Harford County Sheriff’s Office website at

Press Release

December 07, 2005