CUMBERLAND - Retired Maryland State Police administrator and Mineral County native James R. Pyles has been appointed as the director of emergency services in Allegany County.

For the News Tribune
CUMBERLAND - Retired Maryland State Police administrator and Mineral County native James R. Pyles has been appointed as the director of emergency services in Allegany County.
The Allegany County Commission made the appointment earlier this month, with president Jake Shade commenting, “Jim Pyles is the right person in the right position for the right time.”
Pyles will be filling the position vacated in January by Richard DeVore.
Pyles has had an extensive career serving Allegany County and the state of Maryland, and has been a frequent featured speaker at various opioid addictions programs in Mineral and Allegany counties, as well as all over the state of Maryland.
In addition to his 26 1/2-year career with the Maryland State Police, he recently served as director of safety and security and chief of police with the Maryland Department of Health.
His dedication to his community is evident in his service as a member of the Allegany College Board of Trustees, as past commissioner of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, with through the hundreds of speeches given statewide on Maryland’s opioid crisis.
“For the past 30 years I have had the distinct privilege of being a public servant to the citizens of this great state, Pyles said. “There is not a county or a community I have not been in. For many, many years I have said, ‘one life, one day we will change Allegany County.’
“I have stood on the front line for the last 30 years, and will continue to stand on that front line with our heroes providing emergency services in Allegany County.”
Pyles has been a resident of Allegany County for 30 years, and lives in LaVale with his wife.
He holds a Master of Science degree in management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Fairmont University.
He is a graduate of Frankfort High School.