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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Frederick Police Chief Hargis Announces Retirement

Chief Edward Hargis will retire in late February 2020.

Chief of Police Edward Hargis is announcing his retirement after four and a half years with the Frederick Police Department and a 38-year career in public safety. His final day will be February 21, 2020.

During his tenure as Chief of the Frederick Police Department, Hargis built on the department’s long-standing commitment to community-focused policing and brought innovative solutions to law enforcement challenges. He also worked with the department and the community to lower Frederick’s overall crime rate to its lowest level in 20 years.

“Chief Hargis has served the residents of Frederick with distinction over his time leading the Frederick Police Department,” said Mayor Michael O’Connor. “The City sincerely thanks the Chief for his leadership, innovation, and service to the Frederick community.”

Prior to joining the Frederick Police Department, Hargis spent 23 years with the Camden Police Department in New Jersey, where he retired as Chief in 1999, and served the Portsmouth Police Department in Virginia for six and a half years as Chief. After his retirement from the FPD, Chief Hargis plans to pursue consultancy work and is currently writing a book.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve with the men and women of the Frederick Police Department since being appointed as the Chief of Police in July 2015”, Hargis said.  “I want to thank the members of the department, the Frederick community, and city staff for their continued cooperation and support as we worked to make Frederick a safer community.”

Frederick Police Department’s Captain Patrick Grossman will serve as Interim Chief starting February 21 while the city embarks on a nationwide search for a new Police Chief.

“We know selecting the leader of our Police Department is a very important decision for our city and for our community. We are committed to engaging the public in this search as we take our next steps,” shared Mayor O’Connor.

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