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Montgomery County Police Chief Manger to Retire

On the anniversary of his swearing-in, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced Wednesday, Jan. 30, that he will retire in April after 15 years of service in Montgomery County, the culmination of 42 years as a police officer.

“This is a bittersweet day for Montgomery County,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Chief Manger has set the bar high for police leadership, outstanding service both locally and nationally, and leaves the department and County better and safer than when he arrived. While other departments were shying away from body-worn cameras, he proposed requiring them for all officers, wearing one himself as a demonstration of his leadership and commitment to improved transparency and accountability.”

“It has been an honor to serve the public for the past 42 years,” said Manger. “I have been blessed throughout my career to work alongside some of the finest men and women to ever wear a badge. I want to especially thank Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and past county executives Doug Duncan and Isiah Leggett, as well as Kate Hanley, a former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, for their confidence in me.”

During Manger’s time as head of MCPD, he implemented de-escalation training for officers long before it became a part of the national dialogue. He was instrumental in the passage of the 2016 Drunk Driving Reduction Act, which strengthened Maryland’s ignition interlock requirement for first-time drunk drivers. Known as Noah’s Law, the Act honors fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.

“He has