Harford County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mark Forwood has been fired by Sheriff Jesse Bane, the department announced in a brief statement Tuesday afternoon.
“Effective November 30, 2010, Major Mark Forwood’s employment with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated by Sheriff L. Jesse Bane,” HCSO spokeswoman Monica Worrell wrote in an e-mail.
Forwood, selected by Bane as the department’s chief investigator, had been suspended since April while an investigation into alleged improper conduct played out. He was suspended without pay earlier this month after charges of involvement in a theft scheme, a felony, and misconduct in office, a misdemeanor, were filed on Nov. 1.
Forwood may face new charges following his arrest Sunday for the alleged theft of items from the Home Depot in Bel Air.
Bel Air Police Department Chief Leo Matrangola directed questions about details of Sunday’s incident to documentation on file with the court commissioner. Matrangola said the Bel Air Police Department could take no further action until Home Depot decided whether to press charges against Forwood.
“The store alleged that Mark stole property. It’s up to them to file charges in these cases,” he added.
Attorney Gus Brown has represented Forwood in his theft scheme and misconduct case, but said charges had not been filed and he was not representing Forwood in regard to the alleged theft at Home Depot. Brown also didn’t want to speculate on what impact, if any, Sunday’s incident might have on his client’s case.
“I do not know what impact this latest turn of events will have,” Brown said.
Worrell declined further comment on Forwood’s termination, citing the possibility of future legal action whenever an employee is terminated. She declined to say whether Forwood could or would challenge the termination, and whether the 21-year veteran of the force could lose benefits accrued during his period of service.
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