Federalsburg names Michael McDermott new police chief
FEDERALSBURG — Michael McDermott, a 36-year law enforcement veteran, is the new chief of the Federalsburg Police Department, the town announced in a news release.
McDermott was chosen from a pool of 65 applicants, and will begin his new job Thursday, Nov. 15. He was introduced at the mayor and council’s meeting Monday, Nov. 5.
“Chief McDermott is a great fit for the Town of Federalsburg,” said Mayor Chuck Planner. “His leadership experience, advanced training and impressive record of accomplishments will be a great asset to the public safety needs of our community.”
In 1981, McDermott earned a degree in criminal justice from Wake Forest University and began his law enforcement career. Since then, he has served as chief of police in Holly Springs, N.C., and Snow Hill; and in September, he retired after 30 years with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, where he had served as commander of each division.
McDermott is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He and his wife, Laura, have been married 35 years and have two adult children: Nate, a captain in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, with his wife, Rachel, and their child, Benjamin; and Amanda, a flight attendant for American Airlines, living in Charlotte, N.C.
Federalsburg’s mayor and council announced its pick for the town police force’s new chief at the town meeting Monday, Nov. 5. Left to right are Councilmember Scott Phillips; Councilmember David Morean; Mayor Chuck Planner; Chief Michael McDermott and his wife, Laura McDermott; Councilmember Stephen Bollinger; and Councilmember Ed Windsor.