County Executive John R. Leopold announced Thursday that Larry W. Tolliver—the former police chief for Anne Arundel County—is his pick to become the county's new chief.
“Larry Tolliver is a law enforcement veteran with 39 years of experience and, as a former county police chief, has an intimate knowledge of our police department,” Leopold said. “I am confident he can effectively lead the men and women of our police force and build on the impressive record of crime reduction established over the last six years.”
Tolliver served as chief for Anne Arundel County from 1997 to 1998.
“This is a homecoming for me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with County Executive Leopold and to serve the people of Anne Arundel County,” Tolliver said. “This is a department we can be proud of, and I am excited to bring a fresh perspective to making our force even stronger.”
Major Pam Davis was named acting chief after the was announced earlier this month.
Teare announced he was retiring to spend more time with his family. The news came from a release by state prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, who said the state was dropping an investigation into Teare in connection with the charges facing Leopold.
Leopold was indicted on five counts by a state grand jury in March, including and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary. His trial is set to begin .
Teare's retirement is set to begin Aug. 1, but Tolliver’s appointment is effective July 31—meaning Davis will not serve as Acting Chief.
Davis—who would have been the county's first female chief—said she looks forward to serving with Tolliver.
“The appointment of a permanent chief allows the Department to move forward,” Major Davis said. “Chief Tolliver is an excellent choice. I had the pleasure of working with him at both the Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County Police Department, and found him to be an exceptional leader.”
Tolliver served as Superintendent of Maryland State Police from 1992 to 1995, and he was the Director of Enforcement for the Comptroller of Maryland. Tolliver was also a state trooper for nearly three decades.