Guidara inducted into Hall of Fame at Maryland high school
By Kim Swindell Wood | October 1, 2018 9:37 am
Ken Guidara, of Sparta, was recently inducted into the Albert Einstein High School Hall of Fame for Lifetime Career Achievement. The school is located in Kensington, Maryland.
As a 1965 graduate of Albert Einstein High School, Guidara was an athlete, playing all three school years on the varsity football and track teams. In football, he was a utility offensive lineman and in track he was a competitor in the mile race. Guidara was also active in Einstein Intramurals sports and was a member of the E-Club, a school service organization. The Guidara family also graduated from Einstein: Mike in 1969, Jim in 1970, Rita in 1972, and Dave in 1974.
After graduation, Ken Guidara spent a lifetime career in public law enforcement. Beginning in the fall of 1965, he entered the Montgomery County Police cadet program. In addition to his law enforcement training, he was given practical application experience in police records management, individual identification procedures, and emergency response communications (early 911 program). After being sworn in as a police officer, Ken Guidara performed a range of police duties as patrol officer, SWAT member, and shift supervisor of Germantown and later Wheaton police stations. Through the federal Police Professional Advancement Program, he received an associate’s degree in police science. After 23 years of service with Montgomery County, Ken retired from the police force, in 1988.
Ken Guidara shifted careers through assistance of a police association transition program, “Lawman to Lumberman,” to form a lumber accessories business selling cut lumber, wood pallets, and tree stakes within Montgomery County. He kept the business for 15 years before selling it and moving to Sparta, Tennessee, in 1995. In Sparta, Ken Guidara returned to law enforcement in court administrative activities of security, warrants management, and jail administration.
Starting in 2007, he started a private investigative service and later, in 2011, a bail bond service. He conducts a wide range of investigative services for felony infractions and court ordered administrative actions. Ken Guidara has, and continues to be, a vital asset of the nation’s criminal justice system for all the local citizens that he has served.
Ken Guidara and his wife, Paula, have four grown children; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He remains active in his community’s affairs, his grandchildren’s sports, and in church leadership councils in Damascus, Maryland, and then Sparta, Tennessee. He is an active bicycler and enjoys outdoor activities of fishing, kayaking,