The current supervisor of the Harford County Detention Center, Major Michael Capasso, will retire from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office effective April 1, he announced in an e-mail to the agency late Tuesday afternoon.
Capasso is a 25-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who spent his entire tenure at the detention center. He took over supervisory duties at the facility in December, following the retirement of Warden Elwood DeHaven. At the time of DeHaven’s retirement, Sheriff Jesse Bane said no new warden would be named to the position due to economic reasons and a desire to restructure the agency’s operations.
In confirming Capasso’s retirement plans, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell declined to specify plans for future leadership of the jail pending further internal agency discussions.
Capasso was promoted to major in February 2011 to serve as assistant warden. Worrell said Capasso did not specify a reason for his retirement in his message to the agency, and was not aware whether he might be in line to take over as warden, a civilian position. DeHaven retired as a major in early 2007 to take the position of warden at Bane’s appointment. Capasso himself was not immediately available for comment.
The change of command will be the detention center’s second in just over four months, and comes after two deaths connected to the jail during that time.
Christopher Kelly, 21, of Street was found hanging from a bunk in his cell in a direct supervision unit Jan. 14, and was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he died Jan. 21. Michael R. Malpass, 26, of North East was found unresponsive in his cell late Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24.
The state medical examiner’s office determined Malpass’ cause of death to be due to natural causes from complications from chronic drug abuse, including acute renal insufficiency and sepsis, according to a report from the office. While incarcerated at the Harford County Detention Center, Malpass had been on 15-minute medical watch due to issues with detoxing from the intravenous use of heroin.
Capasso was The Dagger’s guide on two walk-throughs of the jail in late 2010 and early 2011.
Maj. Michael Capasso, reflected in one of the detention center’s corner mirrors.