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[photo, Gordon C. Kamka, Maryland Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services] GORDON C. KAMKA (1939-2008)
Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services, 1979-81

Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, January 1979 to March 31, 1981. Resigned March 31, 1981. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1979-81. Member, Criminal Justice Information Advisory Board, 1979-81; Maryland Highway Safety Coordinating Committee, 1979-81; Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, 1979-81; Sundry Claims Board, 1979-81.

Director, Facilities Review Panel for West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1991.


Warden, Baltimore City Jail, 1973-79. Member, Correctional Training Commission, 1974-79.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 9, 1939. Attended Baltimore City College; University of Maryland, B.A., 1963; State University of New York, M.S. (psychology), 1967; American University (correctional administration), 1965; Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (strategic management in corrections), 1967; University of Southern California (education & criminal justice administration, 1967-69). Served in U.S. Air Force, 1963-70 (captain, security & law enforcement officer; bronze star). President, Kamka and Associates, Inc., a criminal justice consulting firm, 1981-2008. Member, American Correctional Association; Middle-Atlantic States Conference of Correction; Maryland Conference of Social Concern; Maryland Parole, Probation, and Correctional Association. Divorced; four children, five grandchildren. Died in Parkville, Maryland, June 25, 2008.

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