Police Chief Hargis To Retire

His last day on the job is Feb. 21st.


Frederick, Md (KM) There will be a change at the top for the Frederick Police Department. Chief Ed Hargis has announced he’s retiring. His last day on the job will be  Friday, February 21st.  Hargis has been chief for four and a half years, and has had a 38-year career in public safety.

In a news release, city officials say Chief Hargis has built upon the department’s long standing commitment to community-focused policing, and brought innovative solutions to challenges faced by law enforcement.

“Chief Hargis has served the residents of Frederick with distinction over his time leading the Frederick Police Department, ” says Mayor Michael O’Connor, in a statement. “The City sincerely wants to thank the Chief for his leadership, innovation and service to the Frederick Community.”

During his public safety career, Hargis served for 23 years  with the Camden, New Jersey Police Department, retiring as Chief in 1999. He spent six-and-a-half years as Chief of the Portsmouth, Virginia Police Department.

After he steps down, Hargis says he will do some consulting work, and is currently writing a book, according to a news release from City Hall.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve with the men and women of the Frederick Police Department since being appointed as Chief in July, 2015,” Chief Hargis said in a statement. “I want to thank the members of the department, the Frederick community and city staff for their continued cooperation and support as we make Frederick a safer community.”

Captain Patrick Grossman will serve as  acting chief while the city conducts a nationwide search for a new police chief.

“We know selecting the leader of our Police Department is a very important decision for our city and our community. We are committed to engaging the public in this search as we take our next steps,” Mayor O’Connor says.


By Kevin McManus