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://­ern­men­­ti­more­county/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]­ti­more­coun­ 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

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