Search for new BCoPD police chief begins
County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced last week that the County has initiated a national search for a new Police Chief to succeed Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, and that he anticipates having a new chief in place no later than June 2019. Chief Sheridan will continue in his current role while the search is conducted, and has announced that he plans to retire in June.
“Chief Sheridan has set the bar high for his successor, and we are confident that our thorough search process will identify a chief who possesses the qualities our communities want to see in the next leader of Baltimore County’s law enforcement efforts,” Olszewski said.
The County will conduct the search process, and is not contracting with any search firms or police associations for assistance. Internal and external candidates to Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) are encouraged to apply. Summar y:
The Administration of County Executive John Olszewski is conducting a national search for a new chief to lead the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD). The chief will succeed Chief Terrance Sheridan, who will remain in his current capacity while the search is conducted. The Olszewski Administration anticipates having a new chief in place by no later than June 2019.
The job posting is publicly available on Baltimore County’s jobs website – http:// agency.governmentjobs.com/baltimorecounty/default.cfm – and numerous other web-based job search sites. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2019.
The job posting is also available on national law enforcement organization websites, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers.
The County is conducting its own search process, and is not contracting with any search firms or police associations to assist in the search. Internal and external candidates to BCoPD are encouraged to apply.
There will be several opportunities for County residents to provide input into the process. County Executive Olszewski is seeking input on what qualities and characteristics County residents would like to see in a police chief.
There are two ways for residents to provide input: 1) At two Public Safety Community Forums in early 2019, one in Northeast Baltimore County and one in Northwest Baltimore County, and 2) Through written comment submitted via email to policechief[email protected]timorecountymd.gov. confer with and advise the County Executive The exact dates of the Public Safety Community on the strength of each candidate. The Forums will be posted online in County Executive will select and interview early January. a number of finalists based on the panel’s
The Administration is also seeking input feedback. from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge The nominee will be subject to a comprehensive #4, the Blue Guardians, the Baltimore background investigation and vetting County Association of Women Police, and process. rank and file police officers. County Executive Olszewski will separately meet with leadership from the various police officer associations to gather their input into the
Chief selection process.
County Executive Olszewski will also conduct police officer town hall meetings to solicit input from BCoPD commanders and officers.
Olszewski Administration representatives will screen all applications and select
5 to 10 candidates to be interviewed by an
8-member interview panel. The interview panel will interview the selected candidates and advise the County Executive on the strength of each candidate. The confidentiality of all applicants will be maintained throughout the process.
The interview panel will consist of the following members:
Two (2) members of the County Executive’s Senior Staff
Baltimore County State’s Attorney or designee
Three (3) Baltimore County resident representatives
Representative of a victim services agency that serves victims in Baltimore County
Representative of the Baltimore County
The names of the panelists will be publicly announced in January. The panel will