PS Item 3
February 7, 2013
February 5, 2013
Public Safety Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Worksession: Expedited Bill 4-13, Police Department - Organization and
Functions - Assistant Chief of Police
Expedited Bill 4-13, Police Department - Organization and Functions Assistant Chief
of Police, sponsored by the Council President at the request of the County Executive, was
introduced on February 5. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 12.
Bill 4-13 would increase the number of Assistant Chiefs of Police from 3 to 4 and
establish County Security as a Division of the Police Department. The Assistant Chief of Police
position was created in 2000 by Emergency Bill 2-00, Police Department Reorganization. Bill
2-00 created 3 Assistant Chief of Police positions and abolished the positions of Police
Lieutenant Colonel and Police Major.
County Code §2-43 designates each Assistant Chief of Police position as non-merit.
County Code §1A-I 04(b )(2) requires each position designated in law as a non-merit position to
have a position description established by regulation under Method
26-12AM, would establish a position description for Assistant Chief of Police (©16).
As described in the Executive's transmittal memorandum (©5-6), the fourth Assistant
Chief would manage a new Patrol Services Bureau (uniformed first responders) created by
dividing the current Field Services Bureau into 2 separate Bureaus. The current Field Services
Bureau houses 1,184 employees or approximately 63% of the Department. The new Patrol
Services Bureau would include 893 employees and the Field Services Bureau would include 372
OMB estimates the cost of adding a fourth Assistant Chief to be approximately $37,000,
based upon the difference in salary between the Assistant Chief and a vacant Police Lieutenant
position that would be abolished. See ©7-1O. The Department plans to absorb this annual
recurring cost through its existing budget.