John is a graduate of Bel Air High School, class of 1972. After graduation, he entered the United States Marine Corps where he served our country proudly until he was honorably discharged in 1976. John went on to enter the Maryland State Police Academy in 1977 and began working with MSP after his graduation. He was a helicopter pilot, maintaining the highest helicopter rating of Airline Transport Pilot, and transported over 6000 patients throughout his career before retiring in November of 2015. John also attended Catonsville Community College for two years to study Criminal Law. John has been happily married for 34 years to his wife, Leuretha J. Gainey, and together they have five grown children and four grandchildren.