2004: Leonard D. Hamm

Where he came from: Baltimore Deputy commissioner - operations via Morgan State University police Hamm was technically the deputy commissioner at the time of his selection, but he took a circuitous route to get there. He spent 22 years with the police department before resigning in a dispute with then-Chief of Patrol Ronald L. Daniel in 1996. He joined the Downtown Partnership, directing its public safety program, and was later hired by the city school police and then Morgan State University to run their respective agencies. He was hired directly to the deputy commissioner position in September 2004 by Mayor Martin O’Malley, and by November was commissioner. During his tenure, homicides hovered around 275 per year and outrage over zero tolerance policies reached a fever pitch, and Dixon asked him to resign. Hamm currently works for Coppin State University as director of public safety.
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