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The split of a mayor and his commissioner

Sun Staff

May 15, 2004
Commissioner Kevin P.Clark and his fianceehave an early morningargument at their NorthBaltimore condominium.Two officers who guardClark report she said:"He assault me."

May 18, 2004
Clark announces he willtemporarily step downwhile Howard Countyinvestigates the incident.

June 2, 2004
Mayor Martin O'Malley announcesthe Howard County report hascleared Clark, permitting him toreturn to the job.

June 17, 2004
The Sun and WBAL-TV sueO'Malley to release a copy ofthe investigative report.

July 29, 2004
Clark andO'Malleyexchange emailsabout apolicecommanderunderinvestigation.

Aug. 6, 2004
Clark and O'Malley exchange emailsover internal investigationinto how some commandershandled Clark's domestic dispute.

Aug. 20, 2004
Leonard D.Hamm, a formercity police major,is hired by Clarkas a deputycommissioner.

Sept. 17, 2004
City judge ordersrelease of theinvestigative reportinto Clark's Maydispute.

Sept. 29, 2004
Clark and O'Malley exchange more angrye-mails over the investigation. The mayor writesthe investigation does not help "in defending theconfidential nature of the Howard County reportwhich we litigate 7 days ahead of election day."

Oct. 28, 2004
Clark andO'Malleyannounceviolent crimehas dropped40 percent inBaltimoresince 1999.

Nov. 1, 2004
Clark issuesinternal memo aboutan investigation intothe theft andsubsequent recoveryof a Police Departmentlaptop computer.

Nov. 2, 2004
After losing at theCourt of SpecialAppeals, O'Malleyreleases thereport.

Nov. 4, 2004
Clark sends another internal memosaying that "graphic material" wasdiscovered on the computer andthat police will investigate "if anyissues of criminality exist."

Nov. 8, 2004
Police internal investigative division officialsbrief federal prosecutors and agents ontheir investigation into the computer.

Nov. 10, 2004
O'Malley fires Clark,names Hamm assuccessor.2004

Nov. 16, 2004
Clark files a lawsuit againstO'Malley over the firing.

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