KEYSER - Retired Maryland State Police major and newly appointed director of the Allegany County Emergency Services James R. Pyles will be the guest speaker March 29 at the annual Jonah Edward Kelley Awards Assembly.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Retired Maryland State Police major and newly appointed director of the Allegany County Emergency Services James R. Pyles will be the guest speaker March 29 at the annual Jonah Edward Kelley Awards Assembly.
Pyles is a Mineral County native and graduate of Frankfort High School who spent 30 years serving as a Maryland State Police officer, retiring with the rank of major in 2015.  
He also served as director of safety and security and chief of police with the Maryland Department of Health.  In early February 2019, Pyles was named Allegany County director of Emergency Services.
    Pyles has had an extensive career serving Allegany County and the state of Maryland. He has been a frequent featured speaker at various opioid addiction programs in both Mineral and Allegany counties, as well as across the state of Maryland.
Pyles has also served on numerous local and state boards, including the Allegany College of Maryland Board of Trustees.
    He 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 with Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Fairmont State University.
The Kelley Award program will be held Friday, March 29, at the Church-McKee Arts Center.
Nominees for the 2019 award are Jacob Biser, Kaden Garland and Jackson White.