Ocean City Beach Patrol Officers


Melbourne “Butch” Arbin III

Butch Arbin has served the Patrol for 49 years, beginning in 1973 as a rookie SRT, while attending Parkville High School in Baltimore. He moved through the ranks and served as Lieutenant before being appointed Captain in 1997. Following high school, Butch attended the University of Maryland where he received a BS in Physical Education with an emphasis on Sports Medicine. At the university he was not only a member of the Track and Field Team (1/4 miler), but also worked for Campus Police, all four years. After college, in the off-season, Butch has worked for Charles County Public Schools for 44 years. He was assigned to the James E. Richmond Science Center as a Resource Teacher upon its opening in 2014. The Science Center https://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter has one of the largest Digital Dome Theaters in the word (planetarium and immersive big-screen theater). Prior to that, he worked in the Instructional Division, with primary responsibilities of Instructional Technology and overseeing Engineering and Technology Education. Previously he was a Middle School Teacher and Computer Network Administrator. He has taught Aerospace Engineering at Lackey High School; and the Gateway to Technology (pre-engineering) classes at Mathew Henson Middle School, part of the Project Lead the Way Program. Before taking on the additional responsibilities as Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain, he taught graduate courses for the University of Maryland. When he is not working one of his 2 jobs, Butch is very involved in church activities. He enjoys working as a member of a work-and-witness team with his church, which travels to underprivileged countries to build churches and medical facilities.

Butch has been married for 40 years to his wife, Penny. Both of their children, Katie and Michael, live and work in Ocean City, and each has a grand-puppy.

Walter R. “Skip” Lee III
First Lieutenant

Skip has served the Beach Patrol for 39 summers: most in the capacity of First Lieutenant with Captain Arbin. Some of the roles he serves include the Director of Testing, overseeing the use of and condition of the six buildings the Beach Patrol incorporates into daily operations as well as the equipment needed to guard the beaches. He brings a strong work ethic and passion to his service with the Beach Patrol and loves to share it with the rank and file. When not in Ocean City, Skip works full-time with the Anne Arundel County Public School System in the Division of Academics as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. He leads the STEM Education department and supervises science, technology, environmental literacy, and mathematics initiatives. He is presently the project lead for the new learning management system, Brightspace transforming the district to a technology forward system. He chairs the county’s Grading and Transcript Committee and the MOI Committee while supporting the needs of the superintendent. Skip has been married for 30 years to a beautiful lady, Kristen, he met on the beach at 89th street and is the father of three adult children: Brendon, Connor, and Devon – and Buddy the dog. One of Skip’s prized responsibilities for the Beach Patrol is supporting athletic competitions between crews and other local beach patrols. Check out our calendar for a schedule of events each summer. He can he reached at [email protected]

Ward Kovacs
Ward has served with the patrol for 39 years. He is the Director of Training. He is also in charge of recruiting, surfing beaches, Junior Beach Patrol, Beach Patrol vehicles and vessels and some public outreach programs. He was hired as the first full-time year-round Beach Patrol employee 15 years ago. Email: [email protected]

Michael Stone

Mike has been with the patrol for 37 years. His primary responsibilities include employee assignments, placement of stands on the beach, scheduling the SRT’s, and accounting for employee work hours before they go to payroll. He and his wife live locally in Berlin, Maryland and he is recently retired from Worcester County Public School System. Email: [email protected]