Pot Spring resident Marge DiNardo considers police Capt. J. Martin Lurz a “prince among men.”
DiNardo, the former president of the Pot Spring Community Association, composed of 180 homes in Timonium, says she’ll miss dealing with Lurz who has applied for early retirement from the Baltimore County Police Department.
“He was the best friend we’ve ever had. ... And the most caring, concerned and brave member of the Baltimore County Police Department that I’ve ever met,” she said.
Lurz’s retirement is part of a 25 percent reduction in the department's command staff, Patch reported Thursday.
You can read Lurz's full announcement of his retirement to the community here.
Community members are now ready to say their goodbyes to the police captain they came to know as simply "Marty."
“I’m happy for him but also saddened because obviously he liked to keep the lines of communication open with all the communities,” said Eric Rockel, Greater Timonium Community Council president. “He was very proactive and letting us know about trends that he was seeing in the precinct related to crime and keeping us informed about individual incidents that might be repeated in other precincts.”
Lurz’s openness when communicating with neighborhood liaisons is something that Monica Enoch, chair of the Lutherville Community Association security committee, will never forget.
“I’m sad,” Enoch began, “but he was absolutely wonderful to work with. He was very helpful and very responsive.”
Enoch has served as security chair for three years, vetting messages from the captain to the community.
But it was DiNardo, the 55-year Lutherville resident, who gushed the most about her dear “Marty.”
“He was always approachable, no matter how small or big the problem was in the community ... there was nothing he wouldn’t do for you,” she said. “We’ll miss him terribly.”
Taking Lurz’s place in the interim is Precinct 7 Lt. Robert McGraw.
“I’m sure Bob McGraw will do the same thing but sometimes there are people who are highly gifted about that sort of thing and Marty was one of those people,” Rockel said.
Enoch also said that Lurz and McGraw share similarities in their openness and willingness to communication.
“He’s seemed very nice and wonderful and very willing to help,” Enoch said.