Lieutenant Mark Landahl, Ph.D., CEM® retires July 31st, 2019, after 23 years of combined government service, with the last 18 years as a member of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. He served in several capacities with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, including Homeland Security Commander. In that capacity, Lt. Landahl oversaw all hazards agency preparedness, prevention, protection and liaison to allied local, state and federal agencies. Prior to that assignment, he served as Supervisor of the agency’s School Resource Program, Supervisor of the Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security Section, and as an investigator assigned to the Maryland-Delaware Joint Terrorism Task Force.
During his career, Lt. Landahl earned several awards and recognitions and provided input to national level policy in law enforcement, emergency management, and homeland security.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland in Education, his master’s degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis from Michigan State University. In 2008, he earned designation by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®). He earned his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Emergency Management from Oklahoma State University in 2015.
Dr. Landahl has authored or co-authored more than a dozen book chapters and academic and practitioner articles in journals and trade publications. His work is published in several academic journals including the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Homeland Security Affairs, and the Journal of Urban Management. In addition, he is currently working on two book projects, Law Enforcement in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Co-edited with Dr. Tonya Neaves – George Mason University, expected in 2020), and Business Continuity Planning: Increasing Workplace Resilience to Disasters (Co-authored with Dr. Brenda Phillips – Indiana University, expected in 2020).
In addition to his work at the Sheriff’s Office, Dr. Landahl teaches homeland security and emergency management courses at several schools including; University of Maryland Global Campus, Florida International University, and Frederick Community College. He is a frequent national conference speaker presenting research and best practices in homeland security, emergency management, and school safety. These include presentations at conferences for the International Association of Emergency Managers, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriff’s Association, National Homeland Security Association, and the American Society for Public Administration, among others. Previous to his law enforcement career, Dr. Landahl served as a history and government teacher in public schools in Maryland (3 years in Frederick County) and North Carolina. He also worked on the Congressional staff of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
During his career, Dr. Landahl earned several awards and recognitions and provided input to national level policy in law enforcement, emergency management, and homeland security. In 2007 he was recognized by the Maryland Sheriff’s Association with Honorable Mention Deputy of the Year for Contributions to the Profession. In 2008, he earned designation by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) (one of only 1,375 certified worldwide). Dr. Landahl was selected to the inaugural class of the National Institute of Justice – Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholar program (2014-2016). He was also selected as a Founders Fellow by the American Society for Public Administration (2016). Also, in 2016 he was presented with a National School Safety Award by the School Safety Advocacy Council at their national conference.
From a policy perspective, Dr. Landahl provided testimony to the Ridge-Lieberman Commission (Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense) related to responder protection from biological incidents. The testimony he provided represented the voice of more than 20 national first responder organizations across the emergency services sector. In addition, research he authored became the background for the Department of Homeland Security – Ready Responder Program and informed the development of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, the FRIENDS Act of 2015 (First Responder Identification of Emergency Needs in Disaster Situations), his work was cited in the Congressional Record upon the introduction of the bill. Dr. Landahl has also been an appointed member of the National Sheriff’s Association Homeland Security Committee for more than a decade. He also serves as member of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) First Responder Resource Group that provides technical, policy and operational considerations for ongoing and future initiatives.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office sincerely thanks Lt. Mark Landahl for his many years of dedicated service to both the Sheriff’s Office and the Frederick County community, and wishes him all the best on his future endeavors.