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Gardner formally named chief of Howard County police

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has formally named Gary L. Gardner as the county's chief of police. Gardner has been acting chief since July when he was named by then-County Executive Ken Ulman upon the retirement of longtime chief William McMahon.

Gardner called serving as chief the highlight of his 30 year career in Howard County. "Our strength will continue to rest with the most important asset this agency has: our members," he said in a press release from the county. "We will continue to expand our community outreach efforts over the next few years, building trust, transparency, communication and partnerships."

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"I'm pleased to formally announce Chief Gardner's appointment," Kittleman said. "He is known for his approachability and his concern for both his officers and the citizens they serve and protect."

Gardner, 55, previously served in various capacities within the department, including tenures as deputy chief for operations and commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. As chief, he will make a salary of $180,252, according to county spokesman Andy Barth.

He is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy and received a master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a supporter of Maryland Special Olympics and a graduate of Leadership Howard County, class of 2006. He and his wife, Kathy, have a 19-year-old son, Matthew.

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