Olszewski hopes to name new Baltimore County Police Chief by June

Posted at 6:05 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 06:10:41-05

Baltimore County Executive releases more information about the search for the county's next police chief.

Current Chief Terrence Sheridan announced he plans on retiring in June. County Executive Johnny Olszewski says his administration is conducting a national search for a new chief to succeed Sheridan. The current chief will remain in his role until the search is complete.

The police department is taking applications until January 15th.

There will be several opportunities for Baltimore County residents to provide input during the selection process. Two Public Safety Community Forums are scheduled to take place in early 2019, one in Northeast Baltimore County and one in Northwest Baltimore County. The exact dates will be posted online in early January.

Anyone with questions about the candidates can send questions via email to

County Executive Olszewski plans on holding two town hall meetings to gain input from police commanders and officers.

The application process will narrow the candidates down to 5-10 people who will be interviewed by an 8-member panel. They will advise Olszewski on the strengths of each candidate.

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 revealed in January.

County Executive Olszewski expected the finalist for the position to be named in April beginning the confirmation process.