Left: Col. Gregory Carlevaro; Right: Maj. Dale Stonesifer. (Photos courtesy HCSO)
Two key members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office command staff are set to retire this summer, including Sheriff Jesse Bane’s top deputy.
Col. Gregory Carlevaro, the agency’s chief deputy and overseer of the Harford County Detention Center, and Maj. Dale Stonesifer, who leads the Investigative Services Bureau and has held the rank of major longer than any other current member of the command staff, will retire effective July 1, the sheriff said in a message to agency employees.
“From a personal perspective, this is a great loss for me and for this agency,” Bane said in the message, which appears in full below. “They leave shoes that will be difficult to fill. However, I wish them every success as they pursue what has been a dream of theirs for a number of years. I am grateful for the time I had their counsel and for the number of years I shared working with them in this agency. There is much I learned about leadership from both of them and for this I will be eternally grateful.”
Carlevaro, 62, joined the Sheriff’s Office in October 1975 after four years of military service; under agency guidelines which count that time in uniform, he will retire with more than 40 years of service. He has served as chief deputy since Bane took office in 2006.
In his retirement, Carlevaro said he intends to pursue a teaching career. He has taught classes at Harford Community College since 2003, and recently applied to become a professor of criminal justice there.
“I always said, I really would like to teach when this police thing is over,” Carlevaro said. “That’s what I really want to do, before I get too old to do it.”
Carlevaro said his teaching efforts are supported by decades of real-world experience.
“It feels good when you take what you do for a living into the classroom, it’s a good marriage,” he added. “When you tell those stories, and see the students’ eyes light up, it’s a great feeling.”
Stonesifer, 52, will also embark on a second career that stems from a part-time job he picked up alongside his Sheriff’s Office duties. Stonesifer will join R.L. Oatman and Associates, a Towson-based executive protection and risk assessment firm he began consulting with 18 years ago.
After 27 years of service, Stonesifer said he hoped to make a full 30 with the Sheriff’s Office before retiring and joining the small protection firm full-time. But a recent opening there led to a job offer that changed his plans.
“It was a tough decision,” he said. “But if I didn’t take it now, I might lose out on an opportunity I’ve been working toward for 18 years.”
Among his achievements, Stonesifer cited his work as co-project director of the new Southern Precinct which opened in 2012, and his attendance at the FBI National Academy in 2009, a selective program which included attendees from around the world.
Carlevaro said he was most proud of his work in establishing the Special Warrant Execution Team in the early 1990s, during which he led a small cadre of deputies who served a large number of backlogged warrants over three months. He also pointed to his role shortly thereafter in establishing the Interagency Processing Center at the Detention Center, which modernized the county’s booking process and allowed patrol deputies to return to the road more quickly.
“It [an arrest] used to take a deputy off the road for five or six hours,” he said. “It was a huge deal when a deputy could make an arrest, drop that person off, and be back out on the road.”
With the retirements of Carlevaro and Stonesifer, the remaining Sheriff’s Office Command Staff consists of Correctional Services Bureau Major Tanya Jackson, Services and Support Bureau Major Christina Presberry, Professional Standards Bureau Major Christopher Swain and Police Services Bureau Major Doug Verzi.
Following the March 2012 retirement of Major Michael Capasso, Carlevaro acted as warden of the Detention Center in addition to his other duties—completing a circle started four decades earlier when he began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer. Prior to the announcement of Carlevaro’s retirement, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said last week that a search is ongoing for a new warden; if that person is a civilian employee, they would be the first in the position since the November 2011 retirement of Elwood DeHaven.
Hopkins said the process of finding Stonesifer’s replacement is already underway. Carlevaro said he expected Bane would move to find a new chief deputy quickly, and said he hoped to be able to work with that person directly before officially retiring. In both cases, Hopkins said the process involves one-on-one interviews with the sheriff, who would appoint individuals to the positions.
Memo sent to agency employees from Sheriff Jesse Bane:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirements of two members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office who have dedicated the greater portion of their lives in service to the citizens of Harford County and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. They have been key players in my administration and they have given their hearts and their souls into moving this agency forward. To say more is not my story to tell at this point; any questions or concerns should be directed to them as you wish them well in their next careers.
Colonel Gregory Carlevaro and Major Dale Stonesifer today announced that they will be leaving the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Their retirements are effective July 1, 2014.
From a personal perspective, this is a great loss for me and for this agency. They leave shoes that will be difficult to fill. However, I wish them every success as they pursue what has been a dream of theirs for a number of years. I am grateful for the time I had their counsel and for the number of years I shared working with them in this agency. There is much I learned about leadership from both of them and for this I will be eternally grateful.