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Searching for the Next Police Chief

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 Terrence 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.

Applications Due January 15

The job posting is publicly available on the Baltimore County website and numerous other job search sites. The deadline for all submissions was January 15, 2019.

The 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.

County Resident Input Encouraged

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. Residents may provide feedback on the search process in two ways:

  • Attend a Public Safety Community Forum:
    • East County Policing Town Hall 
      Tuesday, February 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
      Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center Auditorium
      323 Sollers Point Road
      Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    • West County Policing Town Hall 
      Thursday, February 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
      Milford Mill Academy
      3800 Washington Avenue
      Baltimore, Maryland 21244

  • Send written comments to

Law Enforcement Associations Included in Process

The Administration is also seeking input from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, the Blue Guardians, the Baltimore County Association of Women Police, and 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.

Interview Panel

Olszewski Administration representatives will screen all applications and select five to 10 candidates to be interviewed by an eight-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 members of the County Executive’s senior staff
  • Baltimore County State’s Attorney or designee
  • Three Baltimore County resident representatives
  • Representative of a victim services agency that serves victims in Baltimore County
  • Representative of the Baltimore County Council

The names of the panelists will be announced in January. The panel will advise the County Executive on the strength of each candidate. The County Executive will select and interview a number of finalists based on the panel’s feedback. The nominee will be subject to a comprehensive background investigation and vetting process.


The following preliminary timeline is subject to change.

December 2018

  • Post job description; begin accepting applications

January 2019

  • Application period closes January 15
  • Applications screened for candidates to be interviewed
  • County Executive meets with police associations to solicit input
  • Interview panel is formed and members are announced

February 2019

  • Public Safety Community Forums are conducted
  • Panel interviews scheduled and completed
  • Police officer town halls are conducted
  • Panel meets with County Executive to provide feedback on interviewed candidates

March 2019

  • County Executive interviews finalists
  • Finalist is submitted for background investigation and vetting
  • Finalist is submitted to County Council for confirmation
  • Confirmation process begins

April 2019

  • Confirmation process continues and concludes by end of month

May – June 2019

  • BCoPD leadership transition process begins
  • New chief is sworn in
Revised February 22, 2019         


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