BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ)– A former Harford County sheriff and beloved law enforcement official has died after a long illness at his home surrounded by family.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office said Theodore S. Moyer, 83, of Edgewood passed away around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Moyer was appointed as Harford County sheriff in 1981 and was elected by voters to serve in that position from 1982-1986. Before that post, Moyer served with the Maryland State Police (MSP) for 30 years before retiring as a major. While with the MSP, he was a commander of the Greenbelt post, the North East, Valley and Bel Air barracks, and the Northern Troop.

Moyer also mentored hundreds as a youth coach for many years.

“We lost a great man in Sheriff Moyer. History will remember him for his contributions to the State of Maryland as a member of the Maryland State Police and for his contributions to Harford County as sheriff,” Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane said. “Those who knew him on a more personal level will remember him for his devotion to his family and for his devotion to our youth.”

Moyer and his wife Elaine had three sons– David, Michael and Steve Moyer– and four grandchildren. Steve Moyer also served with the MSP, retiring as a bureau chief and with a rank of lieutenant colonel.

There will be a memorial service for Moyer on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at Mountain Christian Church located at 1824 Mountain Road, Joppa, Md. 21085. There will be a reception following the memorial service at Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood, Md. 21040.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to:

Presbury United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 175
Edgewood, Md. 21040

Maryland Troopers Association Foundation
1300 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Md. 21208


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