County executive-elect Steve Schuh held a press conference Thursday morning at the Earleigh Heights Fire Station to announce the new police and fire chiefs.
Steve Schuh has picked two longtime public safety officials to be the next leaders of Anne Arundel County's police and fire departments.
The Republican county executive-elect announced Thursday that Tim Altomare and Allan Graves will be the county's new police and fire chiefs, respectively.
They will replace current Police Chief Kevin Davis and Fire Chief Michael Cox, who were appointed by departing County Executive Laura Neuman. Davis and Cox announced their resignations Nov. 11 after Schuh informed them he would choose new leaders. Schuh won the general election to the county's top political post Nov. 4.
The resignations will be effective Dec. 1 — the same day Schuh is scheduled to be sworn into office.
Schuh also announced the reappointment of current Detention Department Superintendent Terry Kokolis, who has served in that position since 2009. He oversees the county's two detention centers.
"Today we launch a new era of partnership," between the county's public safety branches, Schuh said at a press conference Thursday morning in Severna Park. The county executive elect was joined by Altomare, Graves, States Attorney elect Wes Adams and Sheriff Ron Bateman.
Altomare, 45, a police captain, is the commander of the department's southern district. Graves, 54, who has been with the fire department for 37 years, is a division chief who oversees the agency's operations and battalions in east and south county.
Altomare vowed to continue the county's fight against heroin, saying that the drug is killing people in communities throughout the county.
"I promise you today that this will stay at the forefront of my decision making," Altomare said.
Altomare and Schuh spoke about a need to strengthen the police's narcotics and anti-gang units. The incoming police chief said that he spoke with Davis' Thursday a morning and had been assurred a smoth transition.
As captain, Altomare is a few links below the majors, deputy chief and assistant chief who make up the department's Millersville command staff. Atkinson said many in the rank and file were surprised to hear of the pick.
Before joining the county department in October 1998, he had served more than five years with the Annapolis Police Department as an officer first class, city police spokeswoman Cpl. Amy Miguez said.
Altomare has served in a number of positions throughout his tenure in the department, including in special operations and narcotics, Atkinson said.
"He's had a little taste of everything in our police department," Atkinson said.
Over the summer, Davis transferred Altomare from northern district commander to the police's southern district. In 2012, Altomare was promoted from lieutenant under former Chief Larry Tolliver.