Patty and Marty Stetson. Feature image: Marty in 2019. Photos source: Facebook.

Mauritz “Marty” Stetson passed away on November 2, 2020. He was born on March 27, 1937. He was 83 years old.

He was born on March 27, 1937, in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Stetson, daughters Marnie Stetson (David Futterman) of East Amwell, NJ, and Erica Stetson (Kirk Ward) of Denver, CO, and grandchildren Cole Futterman, Catherine Futterman, Sophia Ward and Ava Ward, and his brother Eric Stetson (Ginger).

Marty’s great partner in life has been his wife, Patty. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past July. The Stetsons are longtime residents of Rolling Road in Chestertown. Patty had her own career with Kent School. He was always very proud of his daughters, Marnie and Erica, and their families.

Stetson graduated from the University of Maryland. He devoted more than 60 years to public service, including 12 years as Chestertown Councilman, 17 years as alcoholic beverage and tobacco inspector for Kent County, 28 years in law enforcement with the Maryland State Police and as Chief of Police in Chestertown, and four years active duty in the Air Force. In 1973, he was awarded the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. He was a 32 degree Mason and charter member of the Chestertown Optimist Club.

Kent County Sheriff John F. Price joined the Chestertown Police Department in 1980 and was on the force when Stetson was named chief. Price noted that Stetson took charge of the CPD after a period of a leadership vacuum.

“Marty had retired from the Maryland State Police as a sergeant,” Price recalled. Stetson had a reputation as a serious law enforcement officer.

Then-CPD Chief Marty Stetson and former president Richard Nixon at the Imperial Hotel. The photo is inscribed: “To Chief Mauritz Stetson with appreciation & best wishes from Richard Nixon.” June 25, 1985. This photo is a fixture of the Pub at The Imperial and is attributed to local photographer Austin Walmsley, at the time with the Kent County News.

“I have a great deal of respect for him,” Price continued. “He had lots of integrity. You knew he was going to make an ethical decision.”

Then-Lt. Price was Stetson’s second in command until Price joined the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. He would run for Sheriff in 1994 and has served in that post ever since.

“There was never a gray area with Marty Stetson,” Price said. “He was very clear where he stood on an issue or about what had to be done in a particular situation.”

After retiring as police chief, Stetson served as the Kent County Liquor Inspector. He then ran for town council where he served three terms. Stetson retired from the council when his term expired in December 2019.

The town’s dog park was recently named in his honor by the Town Council. At the time, Stetson thanked the council, remarking, “I am very honored. It’s quite an achievement.”

Chris Cerino served with Stetson on the Council from his election as mayor in 2013.

“Marty was an extremely dedicated public servant to the Town of Chestertown for over a decade,” Cerino said. “He had a strong commitment to fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers in our community, and always spoke up for what he perceived to be in the best interests of the Town. I appreciated his direct, open, and honest communication with the rest of the Council and it was a privilege to serve alongside him for six years.”

Cerino recalled that Stetson’s recreational interests. A lifelong advocate of physical fitness, he founded the Chestertown Tea Party Distance Run, and he ran several marathons in his forties and swam across the Chesapeake Bay twice in his fifties.

“Marty was also a devoted Bocce player who led “The Townies” to the overall league championship just this past fall,” the mayor recalled. “His legacy lives on at the Stetson Dog Park, which he almost single-handedly turned into the nicest dog park in the state of Maryland.”

“He was a friend and a mentor and will be sorely missed,” Cerino said.

A private burial is planned. Arrangements by Marvin V. Williams, Chestertown, Maryland.