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First woman nominated as new Baltimore County Police Chief

Posted at 9:44 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 08:46:29-04

TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski nominated Melissa Hyatt to serve as the new Baltimore County Police Chief.

Hyatt will be the first woman to lead the Baltimore County Police Department.

Prior to her recent nomination, Hyatt served more than 20 years with the Baltimore Police Department before her role as the Vice President for Security for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

Now, all of Baltimore County’s public safety agencies will be led by women. County Executive Olszewski appointed Joanne Rund to serve as Chief of the Baltimore County Fire Department, and she was confirmed unanimously by the County Council. The Baltimore County Department of Corrections has been led by Gail Watts since 2017, and Baltimore County’s 911 Communications Center is led by Chief Tammy Price.

With the approval of the Baltimore County Council, Hyatt will start her duties as Chief of the Baltimore County Police Department in mid-June. She will be replacing Chief Terry Sheridan, who has served as chief since 2017 before announcing his retirement in 2018.