Leatherbury named new UMES police chief

  • Monday, June 3, 2013

    Ernest Leatherbury Jr. - courtesy of Maryland State PolicePRINCESS ANNE, MD - (June 3, 2013) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced today that a 28-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, and Somerset County native, will lead the university's police force.  Ernest Leatherbury Jr. takes the helm July 1 as the director of public safety.

    Leatherbury retired from the state police a year ago, having managed operations as Lieutenant Commander for three years at the Salisbury barrack.  He served as commander from 2007 to 2009 of the Princess Anne barrack and prior to that, the barrack in Westminster.  Leatherbury was also appointed by the state police as Crisfield's chief of police for a year while the search for a permanent chief took place.

    "We are pleased that Lt. Leatherbury will be joining the leadership team at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore," UMES President Juliette B. Bell said.  "Over his extensive career in law enforcement and as an active member of the community, he has demonstrated the strengths and characteristics that will serve the UMES community well."

    Dr. Ronnie Holden, vice president for administrative affairs, to whom Leatherbury will directly report, said there were several highly qualified applicants, but Leatherbury "rose to the top" of the applicants interviewed.

    Holden said along with his many favorable attributes and qualifications, he received excellent recommendations from the heads of local and university law enforcement agencies.  One cited Leatherbury as "a natural leader, with a high degree of political savvy and charisma."

    "We appreciate the strides made and groundwork laid by former chief Warner Sumpter during his five years at the university, and by acting chief Kenneth Collins during his brief tenure" Bell said.  "Both have paved the way for the leadership and direction that Lt. Leatherbury will bring to help move the university forward in maintaining a safe environment."

    GAIL STEPHENS, assistant director, public relationis, (410) 651-7580