by Lisa Tome
After 24 years as a Maryland State Trooper, Susan Smith has found herself in a much smaller patrol area.
Smith, who retired from the state in 2010, is Port Deposit's new part time Code and Zoning Administrator. She started the new job a few weeks ago and is currently working a few days per week.
"I'm still learning but I will be enforcing the town's zoning code," said Smith.
"When I was on the job, I was on the job," said Smith who worked patrol, narcotics, and was a criminal investigator locally. That has proven to be an advantage because she already knows her way around Port Deposit.
"I became a police officer to help people," said Smith. Her new job has put her in a similar position. She now helps in different ways - if a resident or business has a property or zoning issue.
So far, it seems to be a good fit.
"I did some different jobs (following her retirement). This job came up. It's a government job helping the town, the citizens, and the business owners," she said. "The people here are really nice. I'd rather work with people to fix things than be the bad guy."
Her responsibilities so far have included driving around the town looking for infractions and responding to complaints. While she can't comment on specifics, she said some complaints include trash on neighboring properties, parking issues, and contractors working without the proper licenses. "The public is cooperative and nice. I've been working with the business owners and landlords. It's a really nice town," said Smith, who said she is looking forward to watching the town grow and potential development at Bainbridge.
Smith is the mother of four children, three of whom are serving in the U.S. military and one is in the medical field.
Mayor Wayne Tome said Smith brings a lot to the table for the position with her investigative skills and abilities. "She is able to relate to the citizens. And we appreciate her willingness to get involved in things. We've made it our mission to get the town cleaned up," said Tome.