Embattled police chief in Anne Arundel County resigns

Tolliver says decision not motivated by investigations

By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County’s police chief, Larry Tolliver, announced his resignation Tuesday.

“I am resigning today because the department needs a chief who can focus solely on the department’s mission, something that is challenging to do in the current environment,” Tolliver wrote in a statement.

Tolliver said his resignation, which will be effective May 21, was not motivated by a recent investigation into allegations that he used anti-gay slurs and retaliated against officers by changing their work assignments.

“Although it is contemporaneous with these events, my return to retirement is not stimulated by the widely reported recent complaint,” Tolliver said.

He also said his decision was not influenced by the fact that County Executive Laura Neuman is bringing in officers from Harford County and Montgomery County to investigate Anne Arundel’s department.

Former County Executive John R. Leopold brought Tolliver out of retirement last summer to lead the county’s police department. He took over for James Teare, who resigned amid an investigation into Leopold’s use of his police security detail for personal and political activities.

Leopold ultimately was convicted of misconduct in office and resigned. He served 30 days in jail.

pwood@baltsun.com

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