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Monday, September 10, 2012

Honorary Prince George’s Sheriff’s Deputy from the United Kingdom Visits Sheriff’s Office


Upper Marlboro, MD…  Forty three years ago, in the summer of 1969, Stephen W. Gillham had the pleasure of escorting then Prince George’s County Sheriff William J. Kersey around Windsor Castle and the surrounding area in the Royal County of Berkshire, England.  Sheriff Kersey was visiting the United Kingdom when he met Mr. Gillham, and upon returning to the States he appointed Mr. Gillham an Honorary Deputy Sheriff of Prince George’s County as a token of his appreciation for the informative guided tour.

Mr. Gillham contacted the Sheriff’s Office this summer to say he finally had the opportunity to visit Prince George’s County this year.  While Mr. Gillham has visited the United States before, this was to be his first trip to the east coast, and while planning to visit many historical sites while here, the Sheriff’s Office was a top priority.  “I had always hoped that one day I would visit this County of which I am Honorary Deputy.  It would fulfill a lifetime’s ambition of mine if I had the opportunity to visit the Sheriff’s Office in Upper Marlboro”, said Mr. Gillham. 

Sheriff Melvin C. High and members of the Sheriff’s Office command staff hosted Mr. Gillham, along with his wife Pippa and other family members last Friday.  The group enjoyed lunch with the Sheriff, shared stories, and exchanged tokens.


Sheriff High said, “It was a delight to meet Steve and his family, and certainly an honor to fulfill his wish to finally visit the agency that made him an honorary deputy so many years ago.  Sheriff Kersey extended the international hand of friendship so many years ago; we were pleased and proud to be the extension of his graciousness and to host Mr. Gillham and his family”.

William J. Kersey served as Sheriff of Prince George’s County from 1966 to 1970.

For more information contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, Press Information Office at 301-780-7354. 
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