Anne Arundel County Executive-Elect Steve Schuh has chosen Tim Altomare to serve as the county’s new police chief and Allan Graves to serve as the county’s new fire chief. As reported in the Capital Gazette:
They will replace current Police Chief Kevin Davis and Fire Chief Michael Cox, who were appointed by departing County Executive Laura Neuman. Davis and Cox announced their resignations Nov. 11 after Schuh informed them he would choose new leaders. Schuh won the general election to the county’s top political post Nov. 4.
The resignations will be effective Dec. 1 — the same day Schuh is scheduled to be sworn into office.
Schuh also announced the reappointment of current Detention Department Superintendent Terry Kokolis, who has served in that position since 2009. He oversees the county’s two detention centers.
“Today we launch a new era of partnership,” between the county’s public safety branches, Schuh said at a press conference Thursday morning in Severna Park. The county executive elect was joined by Altomare, Graves, States Attorney elect Wes Adams and Sheriff Ron Bateman.
Among other plans for their departments, both Altomare and Graves hope to increase staff. As reported in The Baltimore Sun:
Altomare and Graves outlined broad plans for their departments, while remaining vague on specifics. The incoming police and fire chiefs hope that, in spite of economic realities, they’ll be able to increase staffing.
Schuh has said he hopes to expand the police department, which now has an authorized strength of around 710, to 800.
Graves said that while 100 new positions at the fire department might be a good start, it was too early to talk about specific staffing increases.