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If Elected, Ficker Would Appoint 5D Deputy Commander as Police Chief

If Robin Ficker is elected County Executive, he would fire Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas J. Manger and replace him with a Deputy Commander from the 5th District in Germantown, according to reports.

According to MyMCMedia, Ficker made the remarks at Monday night’s County Executive Candidates Debate in Rockville. The event was sponsored by the Rockville-based The Sentinel newspaper.

Ficker said he would replace Chief Manger with Jae Hwang, who is the Republican candidate running for sheriff. Hwang is currently a deputy commander of the 5th District in Germantown.

“I like Jae Hwang,” Ficker said according to a report written by Doug Tallman of MyMCMedia. “He’s a former JAG officer; he’s an attorney, he’s deputy commander of Germantown police station. He’s a wonderful alternative.”

Hwang said he was surprised by Ficker’s announcement. “I don’t know anything about that,” Hwang told Germantown Pulse. “I haven’t spoken to him [Ficker] about that, and I have the highest respect for Chief Manger, who is my mentor in the MCPD. I’m running for sheriff of Montgomery County, who is elected by and accountable directly to the people of Montgomery County. I am not running for Chief of the Montgomery County Police department.”

Ficker’s announcement was in response to the moderator asking a broad question about the difficulties of minorities, which included the police shooting of an unarmed African-American man in June. Ficker continued, “We are going to not shoot any people that are unarmed. I can guarantee that,” Ficker said. “I’m going to talk to police and make it very clear.”

Ficker, a lawyer who ran unopposed for the GOP nomination, is a Boyds resident and is one of three candidates running for the County Executive seat in November. He is running against current Montgomery County Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Nancy Floreen.

Floreen, a long-time Democrat and resident of Garrett Park, jumped into the race after her fellow At-Large Councilmember Marc Elrich narrowly defeated businessman David Blair in the Democratic Primary Election in June. Elrich, who lives in Takoma Park.

Hwang is running to unseat Democratic incumbent Sheriff Darrin Popkin in the November election. Hw