Somerset County Sheriff's Command Staff

Ronnie Howard

Sheriff

Sheriff Howard joined the ranks of the Maryland State Police on September 2, 1982, as a Cadet assigned to the Truck Weight Enforcement Division stationed at the Delmar Scale House in Wicomico County, Maryland.

After graduating from the Training Academy in June 1984, Sheriff Howard was stationed at Barrack “T” Leonardtown, Barrack “V” Berlin and Barrack “X” Princess Anne. He performed road patrol duties and was subsequently reassigned to the Criminal Investigation Section. Sheriff Howard retired from the Maryland State Police in January 2008.

On February 1, 2008, Howard began his career with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. In February 2010, he was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy by then Sheriff Robert Jones.

In December 2014, Howard was sworn in as Sheriff for Somerset County.

On August 22, 1666, Sheriff Howard’s 8th great-grandfather, Stephen Horsey, was appointed as the first High Sheriff of Somerset County by Lord Calvert.  At the time of Horsey’s service, Somerset County included all of present day Worcester and Wicomico counties and the lower part of present day Sussex County, DE.  

Command Staff

George Nelson

Chief Deputy

Chief Deputy George Nelson began his career in law enforcement in 1989 with the Crisfield Police Department. While working at the Crisfield Police Department, he was assigned to road patrol duties. 

In August 1990, Chief Deputy Nelson joined the ranks of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office where he performed road patrol and civil process duties.  He was also assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section. He progressed through the ranks and was appointed to the rank of Chief Deputy in January 2015. In addition to his assigned duties, Chief Deputy Nelson supervises the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.  

Leslie B. Tyler

Chief of Operations

Captain Leslie B. Tyler began his career in law enforcement in December 1988 with the Crisfield Police Department. While working at the Crisfield Police Department, he was assigned to road patrol duties. In August 1990, he was selected to be the department’s K-9 handler. 

In August 1993, Captain Tyler joined the ranks of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office where he performed road patrol and civil process duties. He progressed through the ranks and was promoted to Captain in December 2014. In addition to his assigned duties, Captain Tyler has been an instructor with the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy since 2013. 

Lorenzo A. Miles

Lieutenant - Criminal Investigations

Lt. Lorenzo Miles began his career in law enforcement in 1989 with the Crisfield Police Department. He graduated from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy on December 14, 1990.

Upon graduation, Lt. Miles was assigned to the Somerset County Narcotics Task Force.  During this period, he was recognized as an expert witness in narcotics investigations.

In August 1993, Lt. Miles joined the ranks of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office where he performed road patrol duties until he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section. In 2010, Lt. Miles was awarded “Officer of the Year” by the Maryland Chief’s and Maryland Sheriff’s Association for work in the field of criminal investigations. He progressed through the ranks and was promoted to Lieutenant in June 2014. In addition to his assigned duties, Lt. Miles is a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. 

Edward W. Bradford

First Sergeant

First Sergeant Edward William Bradford began his law enforcement career as a correctional officer with the Somerset County Detention Center in February 1998. In January 2001, Bradford entered the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy and graduated the following June. Upon graduation, Bradford performed various duties for the Sheriff’s Office. These duties included road patrol, civil process and court security. When he gained the rank of Sergeant, he assumed command of the Sheriff’s Office High Risk Entry and Tactics Team. He was promoted to First Sergeant in July 2016, and is currently a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.