FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

MICHAEL KUNDRAT NAMED MDTA POLICE CHIEF

BALTIMORE, MD - Following a national recruitment, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) has named MDTA Police Major Michael Kundrat as its new Chief of Police effective today.

Chief Kundrat joined the MDTA Police in March 2007 at the rank of Major and served as Chief of Staff and Patrol Commander before being named Acting Police Chief in August 2011.  His State service was preceded by a 26-year career with the Baltimore Police Department.

Chief Kundrat was selected following an extensive interview process of highly qualified candidates, said MDTA Board Member and Human Resource Committee Chair Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun Sr.   Chief Kundrat brings to this position a decorated police career of progressive responsibility and leadership, a successful tenure as Acting MDTA Police Chief, a commitment to diversity and a solid strategic vision for the MDTA Police force.  Chief Kundrat is a leader and partner of the highest professionalism and integrity. 

The MDTA received 82 applications in response to the October-November 2012 recruitment.  Twenty-nine applicants met the mandatory education and experience requirements, with 12 moving into the interview process.

The MDTA Police are a critical element of everything we do at the Authority, and I am confident in Chief Kundrats ability to lead the seventh largest police force in the State, said MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  Chief Kundrat shares my passion for training, equipping and motivating a top-notch police force.  He understands that the MDTA Police not only enforce and protect, but serve Marylands citizens and visitors.

Through Chief Kundrats leadership, the MDTA Police became the States first police agency to earn the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) TriArc Award.  Only six other police agencies nationwide have received this prestigious award.

Being named MDTA Police Chief is an honor for me and my family.  I have been entrusted with significant responsibility and vow to be a role model for my command staff and officers as we uphold the laws of our State and serve our fellow citizens, said Chief Kundrat.

After growing up in Westminster, Md., Chief Kundrat joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1980.  He began his career as a patrol officer in the Northeast District and went on to become a supervisor and commander in the Patrol Division, the Tactical Section (SWAT) and the Criminal Intelligence Section.  He was serving as Commander of the Southeast District when he retired.  Chief Kundrat has received numerous awards during his career, including the Silver Star and Bronze Star from the Baltimore Police.

Chief Kundrat lives in Harford County with his wife of 28 years.  They have three sons.