BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — While Al Baer has worked in Wood County for two decades, he’s no stranger to Whitehouse – or his new boss.
As deputy chief of the Whitehouse Police Depart-ment, he’s now reporting to Chief Mark McDonough, who was Baer’s sergeant during a decade of working for the Bowling Green Police Department.
“I look forward to working with him (McDonough) again,” Baer said. “White-house is a growing community with a great reputation. This is a bigger department, where I have the opportunity to grow myself and bring some of my experience, skills and passion to the job.”
As a teen, Baer wrestled for Napoleon High School, then enlisted in the Army, serving on active duty for four years. His first law enforcement job was with Cincinnati police, followed by a decade with Bowling Green, a year in Arlington County, Va., and 11 years as the North Baltimore police chief.
Since he will remain a Wood County resident, Baer said he is glad to continue as a board member of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board – which is important because often those who need help from law enforcement have a mental health crisis or drug addition, he said.
Baer has three adult daughters who graduated from Perrysburg High School and often played Anthony Wayne in soccer and basketball, he said.
In his spare time, Baer enjoys riding his motorcycle and reading about zombies. He recently lost 45 pounds through diet and exercise, including Title Boxing, working out with a heavy bag.
Baer was sworn into office on August 9 by Mayor Don Atkinson. New police officer Christine Fouty, who was an intern for the department while a student at Northwest State Community College two years ago, was sworn in as a new police officer.