Captain Mark Knight is a 1982 Graduate of the Smithsburg High School and a 1984 Graduate of the Hagerstown Community College with an AA Degree in Administration of Justice.
Knight began his law enforcement career in March of 1985 when he was hired with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as a correctional deputy in the Detention Division. He graduated from the DOC Correctional Academy that same year. He transferred to the Patrol Division and graduated from the Western Maryland Police Academy in 1986.
Knight made his way through the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant in 1995 and supervised his own patrol group. In 2002 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit were supervised the detectives in that unit and maintained the evidence and property room for the next 12 years. In that unit he achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
In 1999 Knight attended the three week Howard County SWAT School and became a Team Leader for the newly formed Washington County Special Response Team and currently is still on the team as the Team Commander.
In 2008 Knight was selected as the Maryland Sheriff’s Association Deputy of the Year for Valor for his role in the 2007 incident where Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Nicholson was killed in the line of duty.
In 2013 Knight was promoted to the rank of Captain - Assistant Patrol Commander.
Knight is married to his wife of Christy and has two children, Brandon and Karah.