On January 26, 2015 funeral services were held for Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Lt. William “Bill” Soper. In excess of 300 family, friends and agency personnel attended the funeral services which were held at Grace Brethren Church in Owings. An escort involving numerous allied police agencies, volunteer fire and EMS and a motorcade lead Lt. Soper to his final resting place in Miranda Cemetery in Huntingtown.
Lieutenant William “Bill” Soper was born on October 1, 1957 in the Panama Canal Zone where his father was stationed in the Air Force at the time. Bill was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School in 1975. After graduation he attended Montgomery College where he obtained an Associates of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Lt. Soper then went to the University of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology in 1980.
In 1980, Bill landed a job at the University Park Police Department as a Police Officer while still attending the University of Maryland. In 1983, he transferred to the Rockville City Police Department. During Bill’s tenure at the Rockville City Police Department he was not only assigned to the patrol bureau, but spent over three years in narcotics assigned to a task force working with U.S. Park Police in Washington DC. In 1984, Lt. Soper was nominated for Police Officer of the Year by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce.
In 1988, Lt. Soper was hired by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. He worked in patrol for one year and was transferred to the Southern Maryland Narcotics Task Force where he worked for 3 years. After leaving the Task Force, Lt. Soper worked in the Criminal Investigation Unit for 9 years and in 1993 he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2001, he was transferred to the Internal Affairs Unit.
On June 27, 2005, he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and transferred to hold the position of Assistant Commander of the Administrative and Judicial Services Bureau. In July 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and became the Commander of the Administrative and Judicial Services Bureau, where he remained until his death. Lt. Soper was a Polygraph Examiner for over 20 years and was currently managing the Bike Patrol Team and Conflict Management Team. While at the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Soper received numerous awards including Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Detective of the Year.
Lieutenant Soper was married to his beloved wife Molly for over 20 years. He is survived by a son, Trevor, a step-daughter, Lauren and grandson, Carter, all of Huntingtown and a daughter, Christi Milam in Texas. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed running, motorcycle riding, water sports, snow skiing, and spending time with his family. He was a leader and mentor for a Boy Scout troop in Huntingtown for many years. In 2003 he completed his first marathon and was proud to receive the Marine Corps Marathon Medal.Lt. Soper’s grandfather was a Montgomery County Police Officer for 36 years and retired as a Sergeant. Lt. Soper was proud to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and serve in the Law Enforcement community for 35 years. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.