James R. Pyles

Emergency Management Division
Title: Director
Phone: 301-876-9155

Mr. Pyles has had an extensive career serving the people of Allegany County and the State of Maryland in various roles. In addition to his 26 1/2 year career with the Maryland State Police, Mr. Pyles recently served as the Director of Safety and Security and Chief of Police with the Department of Health. Mr. Pyles' dedication to his community is evident in his service as a member of the Allegany College Board of Trustees, Past Commissioner of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, and through his hundreds so speeches he has given statewide on Maryland's opioid crisis. 

Mr. Pyles has been a resident of Allegany County for thirty 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.


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