Released on May 22, 2019 - 3:24pm



Mayor Moe Appoints Russell E. Hamill, III Chief of Laurel Police Department


Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell E. Hamill, III as Chief of Police for the City of Laurel Police Department.  The announcement was made at the Laurel City Council meeting on May 13, 2019.

“Chief Hamill’s leadership qualities and education, his vision in policing, his complete understanding of community policing and working with the community and business leaders is what I believe is needed to move the women and men of the Laurel Police Department forward”, Mayor Moe says.

Hamill, who is a life-long resident of Montgomery County is currently serving as the Acting Chief of Police for the Montgomery County Police Department where he has worked for the last 32 years. Prior to his appointment as the Acting Chief, he served as Chief of the Management Services Bureau where he supervised the Management and Budget processes, Personnel Division, Legal and Labor Division, Policy and Planning Division, Information Technology Division, Training and Education Division, and the Emergency Communications Center.  As he moved up through the police department ranks in Montgomery County, Chief Hamill served in numerous positions including the Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau, Commander of the 2nd District (Bethesda), Director of the Criminal Investigations Division, Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Division, Deputy Commander of the 1st District, to name a few.

Chief Hamill is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics, and holds a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, as well as the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Leadership Institute.  He has also attended the Anti-Defamation League Advanced Training School, the Leadership Montgomery program and the Maryland Leadership Program.

Chief Hamill is married and has five children and will be joining the Laurel Police Department family in early June. 

“I am humbled by this amazing opportunity to serve the Laurel community, the women and men of the Laurel Police Department and the other members of our city team. I truly appreciate the confidence in me placed by Mayor Moe and the City Council. I look forward to all of us working together in helping to make Laurel an even better place to live, visit and flourish,” Chief Hamill said. 

The Mayor and City Council extends a very warm welcome to Chief Hamill and his family as he joins the Laurel Police Department family and the City of Laurel community as the next Chief of Police for this great city.

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