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Tolliver: Let’s set the record straight in Anne Arundel | READER COMMENTARY

Larry W. Tolliver was sworn in as chief of the Anne Arundel County Police in 2012 while his daughter Danielle Kane and then-County Executive John R. Leopold looked on. Administering the oath was county Circuit Court Manager Doug Arnold. (File/Capital Gazette).
Larry W. Tolliver was sworn in as chief of the Anne Arundel County Police in 2012 while his daughter Danielle Kane and then-County Executive John R. Leopold looked on. Administering the oath was county Circuit Court Manager Doug Arnold. (File/Capital Gazette). (Courtesy photo, Capital Gazette)

Former County Executive Laura Neuman’s letter to the editor (”Neuman: I had a plan to reform executive security detail,” Jan. 12) includes several errors pertaining to my leadership of the Anne Arundel County Police Department at the time she served by appointment to an unexpired term.

First, I was unaware of only one security camera, which had been installed in an obscure location within the executive’s personal office space by a previous executive and was monitored by a member of the executive’s personal staff who did not report to me. I was aware of security cameras in police stations, which were in plain view.

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Second, Ms. Neuman reports that her task force recommended establishing an executive protection detail reporting to the county executive “similar to the governor’s.” In fact, the governor’s executive protection division reported then and now to the superintendent of the Maryland State Police, the same reporting model that the Anne Arundel County police had at the time Ms. Neuman assumed and left office. Having previously served as both commander of the governor’s protective detail and as MSP superintendent, I fully understood that model and had implemented many similar procedures for county police. I appreciate Deputy Chief William Lowry’s documenting those and other practices made to strengthen the county’s detail.

Third, Ms. Neuman did not ask me to resign. I submitted my resignation to her on May 7, 2013, without provocation. My executive officer, who accompanied me, witnessed her surprise on its presentation.

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Larry W. Tolliver, Odenton

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