Baltimore police hired former Anne Arundel County police chief Kevin Davis as a deputy commissioner, the department announced Wednesday.
Davis resigned late last year after a year and half as Anne Arundel's top law officer. Incoming Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said his administration wanted to head in a "different direction" and replace Davis and the county's fire chief.
Davis becomes one of three Baltimore deputy police commissioners, who rank second in command to Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Davis will head up the Investigations and Intelligence Bureau, replacing John Skinner, who retired last year, police said.
"I have no doubt he will bring the same level of commitment, energy and enthusiasm to his role here, that he has throughout his career," Batts said in a statement. "I am excited about the opportunity to have such a talented and hard-working professional join with me in working to reduce violent crime across Baltimore."
Davis, a native of Maryland, oversaw Prince George's County police's investigations bureau while working as a deputy chief. He was later promoted to Prince George's County police assistant chief. Davis graduated from the FBI National Academy and holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore police said. He is married and has four children.
In the fall, Davis and Batts were among four state law officers who flew with members of the Baltimore Drug Enforcement Administration to heroin regions of Colombia, South America, on what the DEA termed was a "fact-finding mission."
Davis is not the only top official from Anne Arundel to join crime-fighting efforts in Baltimore: Anne Arundel State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess, who was defeated in the general election by Wes Adams, took a job heading the special victims unit of the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office under new top prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby.
Davis could not be reached for comment but expressed his excitement in a statement Baltimore police issued.
"The Baltimore Police Department has a long, proud, history serving the citizens of Baltimore and I am excited about being a part of that legacy," he said.
The Investigations and Intelligence Bureau oversees Baltimore police homicide detectives, district detectives, crime lab and intelligence gathering squads. Davis is scheduled to start Jan. 26, police said.
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.