Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard P. McLaughlin as Chief of Police of the Laurel Police Department. Mr. McLaughlin currently holds the position of Deputy Chief, and has served as Acting Chief since the departure of Chief David Crawford.
Deputy Chief Richard McLaughlin has served the City for over 24 years since starting his police career as a Dispatcher for the Laurel Police Department. He has an impeccable record for public service as evidenced by his progression through all police ranks to the position of Deputy Chief. During his career he has served with distinction as a Police Detective.
Mayor Moe held several meetings with Deputy Chief McLaughlin about police work in general and the Laurel Police Department specifically. He understands the Department’s history; and he understands the importance of maintaining and enhancing the Department’s reputation for high standards, excellent service, and community oriented policing. Mayor Moe asked former Prince George’s County Police Chief, and current University of Maryland Police Chief, David Mitchell, to meet with Deputy Chief McLaughlin to discuss police work and police leadership in order for him to advise of his assessment of Deputy Chief McLaughlin’s credentials, police philosophy, and suitability for the role of Laurel’s Police Chief. It is Chief Mitchell’s belief that Deputy Chief McLaughlin will be an outstanding Laurel Chief of Police and does not hesitate to recommend him for appointment to this position. Mayor Moe also received many unsolicited telephone calls urging the appointment of Deputy Chief McLaughlin to the position of Chief of Police.
After exercising due diligence in researching his career, confirming his credentials, and speaking with many of Laurel’s citizens, Mayor Moe has decided to appoint Richard P. McLaughlin Chief of Police of the Laurel Police Department, effective December 1, 2010 and requested that this appointment be confirmed at the November 22, 2010 meeting of the Mayor and City Council.
For Immediate Release
November 18, 2010
Contact: James Collins, Public Information Officer
301-725-5300, ext. 244
E-Mail: [email protected]