Zylak Named Director of Public Safety

In the End, Zylak and Cameron Swap Positions

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - The Board of Commissioners for St. Mary's County today announced that David D. Zylak has been appointed as Director of Public Safety, effective Monday, February 12, 2007.

Zylak most recently served as the Sheriff for St. Mary's County. He was defeated on Nov. 7, 2006 by now Sheriff Tim Cameron. Prior to running for Sheriff, Cameron served as the Director of Public Safety. He assumed that position on November 1, 2005.

Zylak brings to the position more than thirty years of public safety experience primarily through his employment with the St. Mary's County Office of the Sheriff since 1984. During his tenure in the Office of the Sheriff, Zylak held positions as Sheriff, Shift Commander, Acting Director of the Detention Center, Traffic Safety Unit Coordinator, Patrol Supervisor, Detective, and Patrol Deputy. According to the county government, in these roles, Zylak gained extensive knowledge in executive level management, including supervising and team building and developing and implementing policies; dispatching systems; radio communications, and local, state, and federal emergency management laws.

Zylak is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and has served as President, State Trustee, Guard and Conductor; the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club; and the Maryland Corrections Administrators Association. He serves as a member for several community organizations including the Three Oaks Homeless Shelter Board, Alternatives to Youth and Families Board, Leonardtown Rotary and the St. Mary's County Kiwanis.

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