Chief Davis

Kevin Davis is sworn in as Anne Arundel County¿s chief of police on Tuesday by Douglas Arnold, assistant chief deputy clerk for the Circuit Court. Observing the ceremony in the Arundel Center in Annapolis are, from left, the chief¿s sons Michael, Matthew and Jack, his wife Lisa and daughter Julia. To the right is Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman. (Photo by Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun / July 16, 2013)

Saying he wants to build trust both with police officers and county residents, Kevin Davis was sworn in Tuesday morning as Anne Arundel County's third police chief in a year.

Davis left his position as assistant chief in the Prince George's County Police Department to assume the chief's job in the Anne Arundel department, where political controversies and anonymous complaints have left the agency reeling.

"There is no better place to make a difference other than where you live," said Davis, who lives in Crofton.

The police protection detail, a former chief and others were drawn into controversies involving former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, who resigned after he was convicted of misconduct in office. Since then, James Teare Sr. retired abruptly last year from the chief's position amid an investigation; Larry W. Tolliver, who took over, left in May, left after admitting he used an anti-gay slur and saying that continued questioning of his leadership, especially anonymously, was taking a toll on him and his family.