2007-04-14 / News

New police chief selected

By Scott Rawdon

BALTIMORE- Baltimore will have a new police chief as of May 28 - Westerville, Ohio police sergeant and Baltimore resident Michael Tussey.

"We are very pleased to welcome Sergeant Tussey from the Westerville Police Department, who has over 28 years of law enforcement experience, to become Baltimore's full time police chief," said Mayor Bob Kalish in a statement. Kalish said that Tussey impressed him because he arrived at his interview with a very detailed action plan for the Baltimore Police Department.

Tussey's plan for his first 30 days included meeting with all the current Baltimore police employees to discuss departmental goals and departmental expectations. Tussey will meet with Liberty Union-Thurston Schools Superintendent Paul Matthews to discuss school safety and a partnership between the police department and the schools, and he'll meet with the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce to discuss concerns of the Baltimore business community. Tussey plans to meet with residents and business owners personally to address community concerns.

Kalish said Police Chief Tussey will most importantly provide the village residents and the business community with an additional 40 hours of police coverage weekly as well as a management vision for the next ten years.

"I am pleased to be selected to become part of the Village of Baltimore's management team," said Tussey. "As the new chief of police I'm looking forward to meeting with (Matthews), business leaders from the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce and members of the Baltimore community. Together, I am confidentthat we can continue to make Baltimore a safe place to live and raise a family."

Previously, Kalish said current part-time Police Chief Brett Rogers will remain on the force as a part-time officerand current full-time officerBilly Putnam's position will not change.

Kalish said there are several reasons why an experienced police chief will benefit the village:

+ Establish accountability- The full time chief would devote primary attention to the business of operating the Baltimore Police Department, and firmly establish who is in charge and accountable for the actions of the department.

+ Improve communication, operational consistency, and service quality- The full time chief will monitor day-to-day operations of the department and take immediate action when necessary.

+ Establish a clear direction and vision for the police department- The ideal candidate will have several years of varied full-time law enforcement experience. The individual must have strong knowledge of all the common aspects of police operations, impeccable integrity, solid written and interpersonal communication skills, and the energy and willingness to overcome the challenges of building a professional operation within tight budget parameters.

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