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Harford County Sheriff Announces New Warden

The new warden is a Harford County native and previous Bel Air barrack commander for Maryland State Police, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Charles Moore, left, will begin as the warden of the Harford County Detention Center on Aug. 1. With him are Sheriff Jesse L. Bane, center, and Edward Hopkins, who assumes his post as chief deputy July 1. (Credit: Harford County Sheriff's Office)
Charles Moore, left, will begin as the warden of the Harford County Detention Center on Aug. 1. With him are Sheriff Jesse L. Bane, center, and Edward Hopkins, who assumes his post as chief deputy July 1. (Credit: Harford County Sheriff's Office)
There's a new warden in Harford County, starting this summer.

Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane announced Tuesday that he has appointed Capt. Charles Moore to be the new warden of the Harford County Detention Center as of Aug. 1, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Moore is currently a Maryland State Police captain whose background includes being commander of the Bel Air barrack, the statement said.

The position of warden has been vacant since the previous leader of the detention center retired in March 2012. Selecting a warden was challenging due to the complex nature of the job, Bane said at Tuesday night's county council meeting, where he made Moore's appointment public.

"You have heard me say on many occasions that the jail is no longer just a jail," Bane said. "It is a shelter for the homeless, a mental institution, a drug treatment center and a hospital for the treatment of a variety of physical illnesses and disabilities."

On any given day, the detention center houses an average of 400 people and employs 165 individuals, according to the sheriff's office, which oversees the facility. Located in the 1000 block of Rock Spring Road, the center operates with an annual budget of almost $16 million, the statement said.

Being a warden requires a unique skill set and mentality, Bane explained in prepared remarks: IT background, criminal justice leadership as well as human resources expertise around staffing and morale.

Moore, whose law enforcement career began in 1988, has been executive officer with the Maryland State Police Support Services Bureau/Police Communications Support Division and worked in barracks across the state, from Centreville to Waterloo to Westminster, according to the statement.

"I'm retiring from one great department and beginning employment with another great agency led by a sheriff that I've had tremendous respect for my entire career," Moore said. "It is going to be very rewarding to focus all of my energy and skills to ensure that the Harford County Detention Center continues to remain a safe place to work and to be incarcerated."

Moore has bachelor's and master's degrees in leadership and management from Johns Hopkins University, the sheriff's office reported. He is also an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Cecil College, the statement said.

Moore said he plans to conduct a review of the detention center, which the sheriff's office said has received a 100 percent score from the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards for compliance and has earned the Recognition of Achievement Award for two consecutive years.

"Just as in any new assignment during my career, I will thoroughly review the operational structure and ensure that refinements will be instituted, if needed," Moore said. "Again, it will be a tremendous honor to directly serve the citizens of Harford County, where I was born and raised and several generations of my family were born and raised."

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