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Posted on: September 28, 2020

Grossman Announces Retirement from Frederick Police Department

Acting Chief of Police, Patrick Grossman, announced his retirement today after serving the Frederick Police Department for 23 years. His last day will be October 30, 2020. 

During his service, Grossman has served the residents of Frederick with commitment, passion, and vision. Grossman joined the Frederick Police Department in 1997, where he rose through the ranks from Officer to Acting Police Chief. Prior to his time in Frederick, Grossman served the United States Marine Corps.  

“I’m extraordinarily proud of Chief Grossman’s service to the City over the last 23 years, and especially over the last seven months through the pandemic and civic protests, our department’s reaccreditation through CALEA, and the expanded implementation of body-worn cameras,” said Mayor Michael O’Connor. “His commitment to the agency and the City has been exemplary.” 

A/Chief Grossman plans to pursue new personal and professional opportunities upon his retirement.  

“As I publicly announce my retirement from the Frederick Police Department. I want to thank Mayor O’Connor for the trust and confidence invested in me to lead this agency as the Chief of Police. I am amazed each day by the steadfast commitment, dedication, and professionalism of all Department members as we collectively worked towards the accomplishment of our mission statement and serve our citizens. I am humbled each day by the tremendous outpouring of support and generosity of our community. It is through this support and the numerous relationships and partnerships fostered over the years that make The City of Frederick more than a city, but a community in the truest sense. I will always be eternally grateful for these relationships as they helped me grow as both a leader and a person,” stated Chief Grossman.  

Frederick Police Department’s Captain Dwight Sommers will serve as Acting Chief upon Grossman’s departure.  

“I am proud and extremely happy for Chief Grossman. He has been a steadfast leader in the Frederick Police Department for 23 years. Since February, our community has faced challenges like no other. Chief Grossman has steered our agency through these challenging times with courage, commitment, and hard work,” shared Captain Sommers. “I would like to thank Mayor O’Connor for the opportunity to lead the Frederick Police Department as the new acting chief and continue the mission of our agency. I am extremely proud of the men and women I work with. Their accomplishments are many - and their commitment to public safety is never-ending. It is the goal of the FPD to continue fostering and enhancing our relationships with all citizens. I look forward to continuing this noble effort.” 

Regarding the future of the Department, Grossman added, “As I look to pursue other personal and professional goals, the leadership of Department Commanders and Supervisors will continue to remain unwavering as they maintain the highest standards of ethical police service. After approximately thirty-three years in uniformed service, I hold Captain Dwight Sommers as one of the finest leaders I have ever known; he will continue to lead the Department in an open and transparent manner, upholding the highest standards of our profession as he leads the Department to greater heights.”  

Mayor O’Connor reaffirms the Frederick Police Department’s commitment to safety and transparency as a core value. “The strength of a police department lies in its professionalism and relationships with its community. Our department upholds these attributes and remains committed to transparency, service, and problem-solving. I’m proud of the commitment the men and women of the Department make to uphold these values each day and the leadership throughout the department to keep our community safe,” shared Mayor O’Connor.  

The City is currently conducting a nationwide search for a new Police Chief. More information is available at

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