When Chief Thomas J. Manger leave retires as Chief of Police in Montgomery County at the end of March, Germantown Pulse has learned that Assistant Chief Russell Hamill will take over the top spot.
Captain C. Thomas Jordan, Director, Public Information Division confirmed that Chief Hamill would replace Chief Manger as the Acting Chief of Police on March 31. Hamill is the senior assistant chief with MCPD. Hamill is the head of the Management Services Bureau which oversees the Emergency 911 Call Center, the Training and Education Division, the Policy and Planning Division, and the Information Management Technology Division, as well as the Management and Budget Division.
A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Hamill has been a professor at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, teaching Criminal Law in Action.
According to his biography on the University of Maryland website, Hamill has been a member of the Montgomery County Police Department since 1986. He served for three years as a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff before joining the department. He was assigned to the 1st District as a patrol officer where he was also assigned to the Lincoln Park Community Policing Team, and then the Special Assignment Team. He was then assigned to the Special Investigations Division as a detective in the Drug Investigations Unit.
He has worked as the Administrative Sergeant for the Investigative Services Bureau, as well as the Auto Theft Section, and the Pawn Unit. He served as the Sergeant for the Police Community Action Team in the 5th and 2nd Districts as a shift Sergeant, in the Office of the Chief as the Administrative Sergeant, and finally in the Public Safety Training Academy as the Training Development/Critical Skills Supervisor.
In 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 1st District. Subsequently, he was assigned as the Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Division. In 2004, he was promoted to Captain and appointed as the Director of the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2006, he graduated from the FBI National Academy. In August of 2007, he assumed command of the 2nd District.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University. He is married and has five children.
While Hamill has 33 years of policing experience with the Montgomery County Police Department, according to Capt. Jordan, Hamill has “indicated that he will not be competing for the Chief of Police position when it is advertised.”
County Executive Marc Elrich has said that the County will launch a national search for a permanent replacement for Manger. “I congratulate [Chief Manager] on his retirement and look forward to working closely with him to select our next Chief of Police,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. Any candidate will be vetted and submitted to the County Council for review and approval.
The County Executive is looking for “somebody well-qualified to do the job. That’s the top priority,” county spokesman Ohene Gyapong told Bethesda Beat.
Manger announced on Jan. 30 that he would retire after 15 years of service in Montgomery County, the culmination of 42 years as a police officer.
“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.”