Agenda Item 10
February 8, 2013
Drummer, Senior Legislative
Public Hearing/Action: Expedited Bill 4-13, Police Department - Organization
Assistant Chief of Police, Executive Regulation 26-12AM,
Position Description - Assistant Chief of Police
Public Safety Committee recommendation (3-0): enact Bill 4-13 and adopt Executive
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 Safety Committee worksession on Bill 4-13 and a
companion regulation, Executive Regulation 26-12AM, Position Description Assistant Chief of
Police, was held on February 7. Action is scheduled at the conclusion of this hearing.
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 § lA-l 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