Released on October 22, 2010 - 12:17pm
Oct 22

                                              Mayor Moe Announces the Retirement of Police Chief

Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced the receipt and acceptance of his intent to retire from Laurel Police Chief David M. Crawford, effective December 1, 2010.  Mayor Moe stated Chief Crawford’s intent to retire is for personal reasons, which Mayor Moe said he understood and respected.  Chief Crawford will be on Administrative Leave through the month of November.

Mayor Moe applauded the Police Department’s many accomplishments during Chief Crawford’s five years of service, most notably the smooth transition from an outmoded police facility to a state-of-the-art modern police station that is anticipated to accommodate the Laurel Police Department for the next 20 years.  Other highlights include Chief Crawford’s five-year guidance of the Department in a remarkable effort that resulted in the reduction of crime in the City of Laurel; his integration of the increase in staffing levels and other resources authorized by the City Council into a growing Department; and the maintenance and enhancement of the high standards required to continue the Department’s accreditation.  Mayor Moe noted Chief Crawford’s strong influence and personal attention given to the Department’s new and younger officers has provided future leaders for the department.

Mayor Moe said he very much appreciated Chief Crawford’s efforts on behalf of the City and the Department.  He said he wishes Chief Crawford and his family the very best in his personal life and in his future endeavors.

Mayor Moe has appointed Deputy Chief Richard McLaughlin, a twenty four-year veteran of the Laurel Police Department to serve as Acting Chief of Police until a replacement can be presented to the City Council for confirmation.

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2010
Contact:   James Collins, Public Information Officer
               301-725-5300, ext. 244
                E-Mail: [email protected]

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