Harford County Sheriff's Office

With courage, honor, and integrity, we protect the rights of all citizens


Chief Deputy and Warden

Colonel Steven Bodway Chief Deputy

Colonel Steven Bodway - Chief Deputy

In 1972, the Bodway family moved from upstate New York to Bel Air, Maryland when his father was transferred from the Woolworth's store in Binghamton, New York to the store located in the new Harford Mall.

In 1973, Steven Bodway joined the United States Army at the recruiting office that was located on Main Street in Bel Air. His first assignment as a new Military Policeman was Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

After serving six years in the Military, Colonel Bodway joined the Harford County Sheriff's Office and graduated from the Sheriff's Training Academy Entrance Level number 4.

For the next twelve years, he patrolled the Edgewood area of Harford County. Upon a promotion to Corporal, he was assigned to the newly formed traffic unit where he became the first motor officer, coordinated the first Sobriety Checkpoints in Harford County and was trained as one of the Sheriff's first Accident Reconstructionists.

He worked through the ranks serving in various positions to include Detective Sergeant in Criminal Investigations and Internal Affairs. Lieutenant and Watch Commander at the Southern Precinct, Captain of the Harford County Narcotics Task Force and the Court Services Division. In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as the Bureau Commander of Administrative Services.

In 2008, then Major Bodway retired but continued teaching Police Ethics and also worked with the Pinkerton security organization.

Colonel Bodway holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore and a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

In 2014, Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler was elected Sheriff and appointed Colonel Bodway Chief Deputy of the Sheriff's Office.

Warden Michael Capasso Correctional Services Bureau

Warden Michael Capasso - Correctional Services Bureau

Michael Capasso brings strong leadership to the position as warden of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Detention Center. Warden Capasso retired in 2012 holding the rank of Major as commander of the Corrections Bureau. Warden Capasso's career with the Sheriff's Office began in 1986 when graduating from the Maryland Police Correctional Academy.

He rose through the ranks and earned numerous awards and accolades during his twenty five years of service. Capasso has trained with the Department of Corrections, Department of Defense, and instructed in areas of emergency response, chemical agents, defensive tactics, riot control, and developed a course in officer survival. Warden Capasso is additionally a qualified expert in the field of Corrections with the District Court of Maryland.