Ellison W. Ensor, who rose from patrolman to become chief of the Baltimore County Police Department, died of respiratory failure Friday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
The longtime resident of the Phoenix area of Baltimore County was 98.
"Bill had the leadership qualities that enhanced the department and caused others to emulate what he was doing," said former Baltimore County Police Chief Cornelius J. Behan, who headed the department for 17 years before retiring in 1993.
"He was the right man in the department's history to lead," said Mr. Behan. "As I built my cadre, they kept referring to Bill Ensor with admiration and love for the way...