Town Commissioners

Ridgely is governed by three Commissioners who are elected to three-year terms. Terms are staggered, so one Commissioner is elected in April of each year. Town elections are held on the 4th Monday of April. There are no term limits for Town Commissioners. Each Commissioner serves as President in the final year of their term.

Commissioners meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Office.

John Hurley – Commission President
Email: jhurley@ridgelymd.org

John Hurley has been a Ridgely Commissioner for nearly six years. His term expires in April 2018. Commissioner Hurley has lived on the Eastern Shore all his life and in Ridgely since 1987. His favorite thing about the town is its small-town charm. Commissioner Hurley has worked for the BWI Airport Fire Department for 30 years. He’s also a member of the Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department.

Anthony Casey – Commissioner
Email: acasey@ridgelymd.org

Anthony Casey has been a Ridgely Commissioner since 2010. His current term expires in April 2020. Commissioner Casey is a Ridgely native and has lived in the town his whole life. His favorite thing about the Ridgely is how engaged its residents are with the local community. Commissioner Casey is a member of the Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department and serves on the Caroline County Tourism Board and the Caroline County Economic Development Advisory Group. He works in sales for Shoreline Vinyl Systems in Denton.

Leonard John Buckle – Commissioner
Email: jbuckle@ridgelymd.org

John Buckle has been a Ridgely Commissioner for five years. His term expires in April 2019. Commissioner Buckle has lived in Ridgely all his life. His favorite thing about Ridgely is that it’s a small, quiet town where almost everyone gets along with one another. Commissioner Buckle owns a school bus and drives for the Caroline County Board of Education. He also works as a new bus driver trainer.

Town Administrators

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
410-634-2177  |  questions@ridgelymd.org

Stephanie Berkey – Clerk-Treasurer
Email: sberkey@ridgelymd.org
Phone: 410.634.2177

Stephanie Berkey, CMC is the Clerk-Treasurer for the Town of Ridgely. She earned her Certified Municipal Clerk’s designation from the International Institute for Municipal Clerks in 2016, is a graduate from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, and was the 2013 Maryland Rural Water Association Clerk of the Year. Stephanie is in charge of all the accounting and financial processes of the town, personal property tax billing, recording the minutes of all of the Town Meetings, keeping the records of town ordinances and resolutions, preparing the annual town budget, grant writing and administration, and processing accounts payable and the general ledger. Stephanie is also a Notary Public.

Melissa Leonard – Zoning Administrator
Email: mleonard@ridgelymd.org
Phone: 410.634.2177

The Zoning Administrator is responsible for processing permit applications, recording the minutes of the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, and convening the Board of Appeals as needed. Melissa also manages Human Resources for all town employees, including payroll and employee benefits administration. She also manages water/sewer processing and receivables.

Gerald Sutton, CPA – Financial Assistant

Gerald Sutton, CPA is the Financial Assistant for the town. Jerry handles all bank reconciliations and acts as an advisor to the Commissioners on all financial matters. He also serves on the Parks & Recreation Board, is a member of the Ridgely Lions club, and is a life-long Ridgely resident.

Maintenance & Code Enforcement are provided by Middle Department Inspection Agency  |  410-822-8300

Public Works

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
410-634-2177  |  dcrist@ridgelymd.org
After-Hours / Emergency Number: 410-479-2515

The Ridgely Department of Public Works maintains Martin Sutton Park, Railroad Park, town streets & sidewalks, alleyways, signage, and equipment. The department also maintains the town’s flower beds and trees. The department is responsible for snow removal and public trash removal (through a contactor), and responding to citizens’ concerns regarding town infrastructure.

Regular Trash Pick-Up

Standard trash pick-up takes place every Monday. The rate for this service is $37.50 per quarter. It is included in your Water & Sewer bill.

Recycling bins are located in town on E. Railroad Avenue.

Definitions & Policy Regarding Bulk Trash

Bulk trash pick-up takes place weekly on Tuesdays and must be paid in advance at the Town Office by 12:00 p.m. on the day prior to pick-up. All bulk trash pick-up must be scheduled through the Town Office by visiting in person or calling 410.634.2177. Bulk items should be placed in the same location where your regular trash is picked up.

There is no charge for unbundled limbs, branches, and leaves, but you must call the Town Office to schedule pick-up. These items cannot be mixed with anything else.

The rate for all other bulk items is $6 per item. This includes the following items, which cannot be mixed:

  • Household rubble (rugs, furniture, TVs, wooden doors, and other household items)
  • Metal items (bicycles with tires removed, appliances, lawn mowers, lawn furniture, air conditioners, swings, etc.
  • Bagged yard waste

The town truck may be rented for $100/day plus tipping fees for large volume bulk trash.

You may haul your own bulk items to the Mid-Shore II Regional Landfill located at 11930 Holly Road, Ridgely.

The following items are not permitted for bulk pick-up and will not be loaded. To dispose of these items, arrangements can be made with Mid-Shore II Regional Landfill (410-820-8383) or Dependable Sand, Stone & Recycling (410-822-6363).

  • Paint cans containing paint (unless the paint has been allowed to dry and has hardened)
  • Chemical cans or bags
  • Tires or tubes
  • Asbestos
  • Stumps & tree trunks
  • Hazardous materials

The Town may pick up tires annually in conjunction with Caroline County’s Tire Amnesty Program. This program is generally administered in the fall.

Street Plowing Requirements

Park off-street if at all possible. Please do not shovel snow into the street after it has been plowed. Please stay off the roads while they are being plowed if at all possible.

Report that a Street Light is Out

Report Street Light Outage

David Crist – Director
Email: dcrist@ridgelymd.org
Phone: 410.634.2177

The Director of Public Works is responsible for ensuring that all duties of the department are completed safely and properly. The Director manages contracts with third-party service providers such as trash pick-up. This position also oversees the Town’s Water & Sewer infrastructure.

Charles VanSkiver

James Moore

Maintenance Worker II

The Maintenance Worker II position is an experienced position that performs a variety of specialized duties in construction and maintenance. Areas of responsibility include street maintenance, storm water systems, water and wastewater facilities, and other infrastructure.

Water & Sewer

The Water & Sewer Department is responsible for all distribution and collection of water and wastewater. This includes checking three wells daily and performing tests on the drinking water to ensure it is safe to drink. On the wastewater side, four pump stations are checked daily to ensure proper operation.

The Water & Sewer Department also operates and maintains miles of underground piping. At the Waste Water Treatment Plant, we maintain nineteen acres of storage lagoons and dispose of effluent, either by spray irrigation (April- December) or by stream discharge (January – March). Many tests are done on the effluent to ensure there is no negative impact on the environment.

Water meters are read according to the following schedule:

Third week of March
Third week of June
Third week of September
Third week of December

Rate Information

Water, sewer, and garbage fees are billed quarterly on the first day of the quarter. Payment is due within 30 days of the date billed. Unpaid accounts will be assessed a late fee of 10% of the balance on the 31st day.

Click here to view the current water and wastewater usage rates for the Town of Ridgely.

Disconnect Information & Fees

Any accounts remaining unpaid by the 42nd day will be disconnected without notice and will be charged a $50 disconnect fee. DISCONNECTED PROPERTIES WILL BE RECONNECTED THE SAME DAY IF PAYMENT IS RECEIVED PRIOR TO 4:30 PM; PAYMENTS RECEIVED AFTER 4:30 PM WILL BE RECONNECTED THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY

We do not mail late notices. Payment will be accepted at the Town Office until 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the disconnect date (42nd day). Please make sure we have your current mailing address; failure to receive a bill does not waive penalties.

MDE Water Programs

Ridgely Police Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911
Office Number: 410-634-2151  |  Dispatch: 410-479-2515

Our Mission

The fundamental mission of the Ridgely Police Department is to protect life and property, enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner, preserve the peace, order, and safety of the community we serve, safeguard the constitutional guarantees, and provide other police-related services as required by the community in a manner consistent with the values of a free society.

To fulfill our mission, the Ridgely Police Department strives to:

  • Identify, pursue, and apprehend offenders
  • Ensure the safe and expeditious movement of vehicular traffic on our public roadways
  • Interact with our citizens to resolve problems and improve the quality of community life
  • Maintain a proactive patrol attitude to reduce the opportunity to commit crime
  • Maintain order and regulate non-criminal conduct

Although a society free from crime and disorder remains an unachievable task, it is the responsibility of the Ridgely Police Department to approach that vision by having its members develop a reputation for fairness and integrity that earns the respect of all citizens.

In order to respond in a professional manner to the challenges set forth in our mission, the Ridgely Police Department maintains high expectations for its leadership and officers. We emphasize career development for our personnel through ongoing training. Exemplary performance is rewarded.

Our Officers

Chief Gary Manos | Email

Chief Manos has over 35 years of law enforcement experience. His career began with the Maryland State Police where he served in the Drug Enforcement Division as a covert operator. He investigated, infiltrated, and dismantled complex drug and criminal activities. For part of this time, Chief Manos was assigned to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), working in the Washington D.C., New York City, and Miami field offices. He was often asked to serve as a law enforcement liaison to state dignitaries, police administrators, and federal and state judicial officers.

Chief Manos graduated from the DEA Task Force Officers School and DEA Laboratory Team Leaders School in Quantico Virginia. Chief Manos has received several awards including a Medal of Valor from Governor Hughes. Chief Manos is a member of the Maryland Municipal Police Executives and regularly attends leadership and professional development training.

Sgt. Gordon Geesey | Email

Sgt. Geesey graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990. He started his career in law enforcement with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. Sgt. Geesey was a member of the agency’s Honor Guard, an Evidence Technician, a certified instructor, and a Field Training Officer. He received awards for both lifesaving & outstanding performance, and was also named Deputy of the Year in 1994. Sgt. Geesey is a 2005 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He retired in 2014 as a member of the Command Staff, holding the rank of lieutenant. He joined the Ridgely Police Department in 2015 and is currently the Assistant Chief and a K-9 Handler.

Cpl. Stewart Ewing | Email

Cpl. Ewing has been with the Ridgely Police Department for 10 years.He is currently the Unit Supervisor for the Department’s K-9 unit with his partner K-9 Ranger. Prior to joining the Ridgely Police Department, Cpl. Ewing worked 6-1/2 years for the Department of Defense Police, 5-1/2 years at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and one year at the Navy Yard in Washington DC. Before becoming a police officer, Cpl. Ewing served four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS America, during which time was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. Cpl. Ewing is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and Volunteer Firefighter.

Pfc. Ross Harper | Email

Pfc. Harper started his law enforcement career in 1984 as a Park Ranger at Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County. Working his way up through the ranks, Pfc. Harper was the Area Manager at one of Maryland’s busiest day-use areas. He later became the Assistant Manager at Tuckahoe and Martinak State Parks. After 20 years of service with the Maryland Park Service, Pfc. Harper transferred to the Natural Resources Police. He retired from there in 2012, and began his career with the Ridgely Police Department. Pfc. Harper is a certified Search and Rescue Manager and has received numerous awards for both public service and investigative efforts.

Pfc. Jeff Christopher | Email

Pfc. Christopher was first hired as a police officer in Ridgely in 1988. He served as the Chief of Police from 1995-1997. From 1997-2000, Pfc. Christopher was a member of the Maryland Natural Resources Police. He was elected Sheriff of Sussex County, DE in 2009 and served for six years. Pfc. Christopher has received numerous awards throughout his career. He is a certified police trainer and firearms instructor.

Policies & General Orders (HB 1016 Requirements)

Chapter 1
RPD General Order 1-4 Freedom of Association Act
RPD General Order 1-3 Discrimination and Harassment
RPD General Order 1-2 Rules of Conduct
RPD General Order 1-7 Personal Social Networking Sites
RPD General Order 1-6 Administrative Communications
RPD General Order 1-5 Notification of Command Staff
RPD General Order 1-1 Ethics in Law Enforcement

Chapter 2
RPD General Order 2-1 Appearance, Uniforms, Equipment
RPD General Order 2-2 Secondary Employment
RPD General Order 2-3 Sick Leave Usage
RPD General Order 2-4 Overtime
RPD General Order 2-5 Tobacco Usage
RPD General Order 2-6 Formal Counseling of Police Employees
RPD General Order 2-7 Filing of Complaints
RPD General Order 2-8 Soft Body Armor
RPD General Order 2-9 Social Media Use
RPD General Order 2-10 Video Taping of Officers
RPD General Order 2-11 Pregnancy Policy

Chapter 3
RPD General Order 3-1 Field Training Program
RPD General Order 3-2 Blood Borne Pathogens
RPD General Order 3-3 Diplomatic Immunity
RPD General Order 3-4 Use of Force
RPD General Order 3-5 Police Firearms
RPD General Order 3-6 Off Duty Firearms
RPD General Order 3-7 Auxiliary Police Weapons
RPD General Order 3-8 Taser Policy
RPD General Order 3-9 Officer Involved Shooting
RPD General Order 3-10 Training
RPD General Order 3-11 Preparation of CIR IR
RPD General Order 3-12 Property and Evidence Procedures
RPD General Order 3-13 Warrant Summons Procedures
RPD General Order 3-14 DNA Database Collection
RPD General Order 3-15 CapWIN Usage
RPD General Order 3-16 LiNX Operations

Chapter 4
RPD General Order 4-1 Residential Premise Checks
RPD General Order 4-2 Canine Operations
RPD General Order 4-3 Family Violence
RPD General Order 4-4 Mental Illness and Crisis
RPD General Order 4-5 Identity Theft
RPD General Order 4-6 Eyewitness Identification Procedures
RPD General Order 4-7 Missing Persons
RPD General Order 4-8 Heroin Overdose Response
RPD General Order 4-9 AED Policy
RPD General Order 4-10 Bomb Incident Response Plan

Chapter 5
RPD General Order 5-1 Procedures for Traffic Stops
RPD General Order 5-2 Bias Based Profiling
RPD General Order 5-3 Storage of Unattended or Abandoned Vehicles
RPD General Order 5-4 Vehicle Towing Procedures
RPD General Order 5-5 Must Appear Citations

Chapter 6
RPD General Order 6-1 Vulnerable Adult Investigations
RPD General Order 6-2 Child Abuse Investigations
RPD General Order 6-3 Sexual Assault Investigations
RPD General Order 6-4 Violence Against Women Act
RPD General Order 6-5 Consensual Monitoring

Chapter 7
RPD General Order 7-1 Maintenance and Non Issued Vehicle Equipment
RPD General Order 7-2 Vehicle Operation
RPD General Order 7-3 Pursuit Policy
RPD General Order 7-4 Roadblock Policy
RPD General Order 7-5 Transportation of Individuals

Chapter 8
RPD General Order 8-1 Precautionary Measures in Making Arrests
RPD General Order 8-2 Arrest Processing Procedures
RPD General Order 8-3 Use of Detention Area
RPD General Order 8-4 Security of Prisoners for EMS and Hospitals
RPD General Order 8-5 Issuance of Criminal Citations
RPD General Order 8-6 ICE Securing Communities Program
RPD General Order 8-7 Civil Marijuana Violations

Chapter 9
RPD General Order 9-1 Security of Departmental Records
RPD General Order 9-2 CJIS and NCIC Usage
RPD General Order 9-3 Physical Protection Policy
RPD General Order 9-4 Citation Control Policy
RPD General Order 9-5 Filing and Retention Schedule
RPD General Order 9-6 Releasing of Reports
RPD General Order 9-7 Public Information Act Requests
RPD General Order 9-8 Outdoor Music Festival Safety Permits

Ridgely Volunteer Fire Company

The Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department has served the greater Ridgely community since 1905. The volunteers who generously give their time to the Department provide both fire and emergency services. Their coverage area expands well beyond the town limits of Ridgely to the surrounding unincorporated areas of Caroline County. To learn more about the Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department, please visit their website.