Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is replacing longtime Police Chief Jim Johnson with former Chief Terry Sheridan, he said in a surprise announcement Wednesday.
Johnson, 58, has led the county Police Department since 2007 — a period when violent crime has dropped 26 percent, according to department figures. He will retire at the end of the month, Kamenetz said.
Sheridan, 73, served as county chief from 1996 until 2007, when he was named superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
The announcement follows criticism of the department on issues including the deaths last year of Korryn Gaines and Tawon Boyd and its handling...