Leonardtown, MD –It is with heartfelt sadness that St. Mary’s County Government and the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services mourns the passing of Animal Control Supervisor Antonio “Tony” Malaspina. Tony began his employment with St. Mary’s County on October 6, 1997 and was promoted to Animal Control Supervisor a year later on October 5, 1998, a position he has held until his passing.

A lifelong public servant, Tony was a U.S. Army Veteran and a retired U.S. Capitol Police Officer. Tony received many letters and correspondence over the years recognizing him for his compassionate and dedicated service to the residents of St. Mary’s County.

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Many of his Animal Control and Emergency Services colleagues lovingly describe Tony as the department’s psychiatrist, as they regularly would stop in and chat with Tony and listen to his words of wisdom. He always had time to stop, listen and provide kind words of encouragement, and a shoulder to lean on. Tony Malaspina was a generous, warm and loving man and a wonderful father, to his own family and to many of county employees as well.

Tony was exceptionally professional in his actions and demeanor, extremely competent in his duties and an all-around great man. He represented his family, friends and workplace in exemplary fashion. Hewas a class act and a true gentleman.