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Patrol - Commander

Major Robert Leatherman

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Robert Leatherman was hired with the Sheriff's Office in January of 1984 as a Cadet, and was hired as Deputy Sheriff in July of 1986. He attended the Western Maryland Police Academy and worked road patrol until July 1989.

Leatherman was transferred to the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, and served there from July 1989 to November 2001. While at the Narcotics Task Force Leatherman served as Director of the Task Force on two different occasions (July 1994- June 1996 & April 1998- June 2000). As director, Leatherman helped foster the transition with the DEA which now houses the local task force as well as the DEA Resident Office. Leatherman served a dual role at the task force with the addition of a DEA Drug Task Force where he served as a Federally Deputized Task Force Officer in addition to his roles as Task Force Director and/or Narcotics Agent/Supervisor. While at the task force he gradually attained the rank of Sergeant.

In November of 2001 Leatherman was promoted to the rank of Captain and transferred back to the Patrol Division with the responsibilities of the Assistant Patrol Commander. In January of 2007, Leatherman was promoted to Major and serves as the Patrol Division Commander.

Additional accomplishments include; graduating from the FBI National Academy as a member of the 232ned Session. The NA as its known is a 10 week 10-week Police Executive Program held by the FBI at their training center at Quantico, VA; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies from the Frostburg State University. Major Leatherman is one of the original Sheriff's Office members of the jointly formed Washington County Special Response Team in 1998 and completed the Howard County Police Departments three (3) week Special Weapons and Tactics School in 2002. Major Leatherman retired from military service (as a SFC) with over 23 years of service, serving in both the United States Marine Corps Reserves and the Maryland Army National Guard.

Major Leatherman is a life-long resident of Washington County and is married with two children.


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