Leatherbury Retires, Expected to Challenge Lewis for Sheriff

SALISBURY, MD – Lt. Ernest Leatherbury, Jr., commander of the Salisbury barracks of the Maryland State Police, has announced his retirement.  Leatherbury’s retirement takes effect July 1st.

Leatherbury’s father, Ernest Leatherbury, Sr., retired from the Maryland State Police in 1997 as the MSP’s highest ranking African-American officer.  He also has been the first African-American trooper from Somerset County.

Prior to serving as the Salisibury barracks chief, Leatherbury, Jr. has also commanded the Westminster and Princess Anne barracks.

Leatherbury, a past chairman of the Wicomico County Democrat Central Committee is widely rumored to be a candidate for Sheriff in 2014.  The current Sheriff, Mike Lewis, is expected to run for a third term but has not formally announced his intention to seek re-election.

photo courtesy of Salisbury News

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