Howard County Police Chief Gary L. Gardner has announced his retirement after his 35-year career with the Howard County Police Department.
Chief Gardner has served in various roles in the department during his tenure. Such as the deputy chief for administration, commander of the criminal investigations bureau, chief of staff, commander in the patrol division and public information officer.
“It has truly been an honor and pleasure working with so many wonderful people over the past 35 years. I have been blessed to serve alongside the finest men and women in law enforcement, as well as an exceptional civilian and volunteer staff,” said Chief Gardner. “While this was a challenging decision, I look forward to the future and spending more time with family. I am proud of what we have accomplished over the past four and a half years, and I know the agency will continue to build upon a foundation of excellence.”
Not only has the Howard County Police Department seen a record low of crime under the leadership of Chief Gardner, but he contributed to the creation and expansion of a new Community Outreach Division, a Mental Health Unit, established new youth programs, launched a Pathway Patrol unit and much more.
Chief Gardner's last day will be on December 31.