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Bel Air Police Chief Charles Moore put on administrative leave, town says

Chief of the Bel Air Police Department Charles A. Moore Jr. was place on administrative leave because of a temporary protective order placed on him Jan. 28, the town announced.
Chief of the Bel Air Police Department Charles A. Moore Jr. was place on administrative leave because of a temporary protective order placed on him Jan. 28, the town announced.(MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

Chief of the Bel Air Police Department Charles A. Moore Jr. was placed on administrative leave because of a temporary protective order placed on him Tuesday, the town announced.

The order was filed in Harford County Circuit Court, the town said.

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“Given that this is a personnel matter, the Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Police Department have no further comment at this time. We would refer you to the Circuit Court documents as they relate to this matter,” according to the announcement on the town’s website.

Deputy Chief of Police Richard J. Peschek will assume the role of acting chief during Moore’s absence, the announcement states.

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Attempts to reach Moore for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday night.

An search of electronic circuit court filings does not return any information on Moore.

Moore, a lifelong Harford County resident, was appointed Bel Air’s chief of police in September 2015.

Moore retired from the Maryland State Police after a lengthy career there in 2014. He was the captain and executive officer of the state police’s communications support division when he retired, and then became warden of the Harford County Detention Center that same year under then-sheriff Jesse Bane, now Bel Air’s Town Administrator.

He voluntarily separated from the sheriff’s office in November 2014, a few weeks before Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler took office, prior to taking the job as Bel Air’s chief.

A North Harford High School graduate, Moore took over the Bel Air Police Department following nearly a year of volatility at the top. Longtime Chief Leo Matrangola went on medical leave in October 2014 and succumbed to cancer in July 2015.

Peschek served as the town’s acting police chief from July 2015 until Moore was appointed that September.

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