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New Commanders Appointed for State Police

July 6th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown recently announced the appointment of Lieutenant Mike Fluharty to the Commander of the Cumberland Barrack and Lieutenant Mark Rodeheaver to commander of the McHenry Barrack.

Lieutenant Michael Fluharty joined the Maryland State Police in 1997. He was transferred to the Cumberland Barrack in 2000 and served the citizens of Allegany County as a Patrol Trooper and K-9 Handler until 2007. In 2007 he was assigned to a special traffic criminal interdiction unit. The unit worked in Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties aggressively intercepting criminals on interstate highways, identifying and dismantling drug and criminal organizations. 

Until his recent promotion and assignment as Commander of the Cumberland Barrack, Lieutenant Fluharty ran the day to day operations of the Maryland State Police Academy and oversaw the successful graduation of 160 new Troopers.

Lieutenant Fluharty is a former Marine Corps veteran and is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

“Lieutenant Fluharty is extremely passionate about serving the citizens of Allegany County and this great State.  He has an intense desire to serve others and to make our communities safe from criminals.  Lieutenant Fluharty will be Commanding 52 highly dedicated and motivated personnel”. 

Lieutenant Rodeheaver is a 23 year member of the department and has served in many capacities while employed with the state police.  In his most recent assignment as the north, south and west regional commander of the Dug Enforcement Division, Lieutenant Rodeheaver was responsible for the operations of eleven drug task forces and the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Team located on Interstate 95 in Cecil County.  In addition, Lieutenant Rodeheaver has served as assistant barrack commander at the Frederick Barrack, supervised the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, and worked patrol assignments in Garrett and Queen Anne’s Counties. 

Commenting on his new assignment, Lieutenant Rodeheaver stated, “I’m excited for the opportunity to command the McHenry Barrack and look forward to serving the citizens of Garrett County.  We have a lot of dedicated troopers assigned to McHenry who are committed to reducing crime and promoting highway safety.  I’m eager to work with the allied departments and law enforcement community as a whole.”

Lieutenant Rodeheaver is a native of Garrett County and a graduate of Northern High School and Frederick Community College.  He resides in McHenry with his wife Sarena and two children, Derek and Carly. 

“Lieutenant Rodeheaver brings an immense criminal background to the citizens of Garrett County.  It has been a long time since we have had a native of Garrett County commanding the McHenry Barrack.  Lieutenant Rodeheaver is also extremely passionate about serving the citizens of Garrett County and this great State.  Lieutenant Rodeheaver will be Commanding 43 highly motivated and dedicated personnel. 

These two Commanders embrace the fact that whether you live in Allegany or Garrett County, are visiting, or are just traveling through, you can be assured that members of the Cumberland and McHenry Barrack’s are on the job protecting, preventing, and providing. They are committed to protecting you and your family, preventing criminal acts and traffic crashes, and providing the highest quality of law enforcement services available.  Everyday these dedicated men and women make Maryland a better place to live, work or visit.

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