As Tolliver exits, no new police chief named for Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County is without an official police chief following Tuesday's formal retirement of Chief Larry Tolliver.

This month Tolliver announced he was stepping down effective May 22, and County Executive Laura Neuman has not named a permanent or interim chief to replace him.

Deputy Chief Pam Davis is handling day-to-day affairs for the department, said department spokesman Justin Mulcahy. Davis routinely fills in when the chief is traveling or on vacation.

Though Tolliver's last official day was Tuesday, he has not been at police headquarters in Millersville since May 10, when a few dozen staffers threw him a farewell party, Mulcahy said. Tolliver had been on leave since then.

Neuman, who was traveling from a conference in Las Vegas, could not be reached for comment.

O'Brien Atkinson, an officer in the department and president of FOP Lodge 70, said police officers have been told that Davis is at the helm. "The officers are comfortable with Pam Davis' leadership," he said.

Last summer, Tolliver was named to replace then-Chief James Teare, who resigned amid the investigation into whether former County Executive John R. Leopold used his police security detail for personal and campaign tasks. Leopold resigned in February after being found guilty of misconduct in office.

Then this spring, Tolliver admitted to using an anti-gay slur after a complaint was filed about his remark. The complaint also alleged Tolliver retaliated against officers who testified against Leopold by moving them to less-desirable assignments. A county personnel review determined that complaint was unfounded.

Tolliver announced his retirement shortly after, though he said the complaint did not factor into his decision. He said constant questioning of his leadership took a toll on him, his family and his department. Earlier this month, Neuman announced the formation of a task force comprised of officers from Montgomery and Harford counties. They're charged with reviewing the county's police department.

Atkinson said police officers have been more focused on doing their jobs than on changes in the department's leadership.

"With all of the scandal and the issues that have come up, the rank-and-file police officers are still out there and doing the job and doing it every day," he said.

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