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Posted on: September 14, 2020

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The City of Frederick is currently conducting a search for the Chief of Police of the Frederick Police Department. To support the search, the City will be engaging the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to serve as consultants; an external search committee to engage various community stakeholders and work with the IACP in reviewing the first round of applicants, and an internal selection committee to assist the Mayor in conducting a final review of the applicants. This site will be updated as the search process continues. 

Search Process - Currently in Phase Three (last updated 1/13/2021)

All feedback (community and FOP) has been received, compiled, and reviewed. Background investigations are currently underway and expected to be completed by early February. 

Phase Three (November/December)


Phase One (September/October)

Completed Virtual Community Feedback Sessions.
Consistent with the City’s determination that there will no in-person meetings, virtual community feedback sessions were used to garner feedback.  

Phase Two (October/November)

  • External search committee and IACP conduct a preliminary review of applicants and determine the first round of interviewees
  • External search committee and IACP complete the first round of interviews
  • External search committee submits candidate recommendations to Mayor O’Connor

External Search Committee Public Meetings: 

December 17, 2020 - Recording | Minutes pending
December 12, 2020 - Recording | Closed Session
December 11, 2020 Recording | Closed Session 
December 10, 2020 Recording | Closed Session  
December 4, 2020 - Recording
November 19, 2020 (8AM) - Recording | Closed Session
November 12, 2020 - Recording
November 5, 2020 - Recording | Minutes
October 29, 2020 - Recording | Minutes
October 22, 2020 - Recording | Minutes
October 15, 2020 - Recording | Minutes
October 8, 2020 Meeting - Recording | Minutes
October 1, 2020 Meeting - Recording | Minutes

External Search Committee

  • Teresa Bean, Education Representative, Chair
  • Kavonte Duckett, Human Services Representative, Vice-Chair
  • Derek Shackelford, Alderman
  • Julia Schaeffer, Resident
  • Kiesha Edmonds, Housing Services Representative
  • Willie Ollie, Resident
  • Danielle Doll, Business Community Representative
  • Eliezer Valentin-Castanon, Religious Community Representative
  • Nkem Wellington, Resident
  • Sgt. Jonathan Shatlock, FPD Representative
  • Chelsea Kadish, Legal Community Representative
  • Karen Paulson, Staff Liaison
  • Gayon Sampson, Staff Liaison

Engaged Community Groups

To enhance the community engagement effort, search committee members have reached out to 65+ organizations that are broadly representative of the Frederick community, encouraging them to provide input on the search for a new Police Chief. The list of organizations was compiled by committee members, who represent a broad cross-section of the community and consultation with the Office of the Mayor.  It is by no means exhaustive, and the committee welcomes additions. Please contact Gayon Sampson, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, at to suggest additional organizations.

Alan P. Linton Emergency Shelter
American Legion FSK Post 111
Arc of Frederick County
Asian American Center of Frederick
Ausherman Family Foundation
Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County
Centro Hispano de Frederick
Chamber of Commerce Frederick County 
Children of Incarcerated Children 
City Youth Matrix
Community Foundation of Frederick County
Congregations of the Jewish Faith
Criminal Defense Attorney Association
Delaplaine Foundation Inc.
Dept. of Emergency Preparedness Frederick Co.
Division of Fire & Rescue Services Frederick Co.
Downtown Frederick Partnership 
East Frederick Rising
Federated Charities
Frederick Alumni Chapters of Black Fraternities and Sororities
Frederick Arts Council
Frederick Center
Frederick Community College
Frederick County Bar Association
Frederick County Commission on Disabilities
Frederick County Department of Health
Frederick County Human Relations Commission
Frederick County Public Defender
Frederick County Public Schools (TJHS and FHS)
Frederick County State's Attorney
Frederick Elks Lodge #684
Frederick Nonprofit Alliance
Frederick Rescue Mission
Frederick United
Frederick's March for Justice
Friends of Baker Park
Friends of Mullinix Park 
Friends of Waterford Park
FSK Lions Club
Golden Mile Alliance
Heartly House 
Hood College
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick 
I Believe in Me Inc
Jack and Jill of America, Western Md Chapter
Lions Club of Frederick
Madame CJ Walker Temple #509
Maryland School for the Deaf
Mental Health Association of Frederick County
Ministerial Associations & Area Congregations 
Mountain City Elks Lodge #382
NAACP Frederick County Branch
Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs
RISE Coalition
Rotary Club of Carroll Creek
Rotary Club of Frederick
South Corridor Group of NAC 11
South End Coalition
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland
SURJ of Frederick
The City of Frederick - All Employees
The City of Frederick - Department of Housing and Human Services
The City of Frederick - Economic Development
The City of Frederick - Youth Advisory Council
The City of Frederick NACs
The Freedom Center
The Scott Key Center
Tourism Council of Frederick County 
United Way of Frederick County
VFW Post 3285
Way Station
YMCA of Frederick County

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