Published in The Washington Post on July 6, 2016
Sgt. Paul W. Chesser
Retired Metropolitan Police Detective
Saint Mary''s County Commissioner Former County Commissioner
Paul W. Chesser died Friday, June 17, 2016, at Washington
Hospital Center after a short illness.
Paul Chesser was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Winfred A.
and Virginia Haskell Chesser on Aug. 20, 1930. He attended McKinley Tech High School
(1950) in the District, and studied at the University of Maryland and American University.
He served in the U.S. Navy, 103rd Seabee Battalion, during the Korean Conflict in 1951-1953.
In 1955, he joined the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, retiring in 1980 as a
Detective Sergeant in the Intelligence Division.
After moving to St. George Island (“returning to my roots,” he often said), he became involved
in numerous local organizations; he served for three years as president of the St. George Island
Improvement Association, took part in the founding of the St. George’s Hundred Optimist Club,
was a vestry member and junior warden of St. George’s Episcopal Church. In the wider county,
he was a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee developing the Comprehensive Land-
use Plan, the Charter-Writing Board of 1989, a member of the Community Resource
Development Program Advisory Committee, the St. Mary’s County Extension Advisory Council,
and a member of the St. Mary’s County Environmental Review Team. He served as County
Paul Chesser is survived by his wife, Dorothy McRae, their son Timothy P. Chesser, a son,
Daniel W. Chesser, and three sisters, Elizabeth Collins and Carolyn Stelle of Silver Spring, MD,
and Mary Rivera of Woodstock, MD.