Baltimore County Swears In New Police Chief

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Credit: Baltimore County Police Department

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Baltimore County has appointed a new police chief. Dennis Delp, the former interim police chief, was sworn in by the Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk of the Circuit Court, on Tuesday morning.

According to a Baltimore County Police news release, Delp is a 28-year veteran of the department. He was also captain of the training department and the Cockeysville precinct, according to the county.

Delp was named as the interim police chief by Johnny Olszewski after the County Executive chose not to renew former Police Chief Melissa Hyatt's contract.

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The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police held a "no confidence vote" in Chief Hyatt in May and voted unanimously that they had lost "all faith and confidence" in Hyatt's leadership. The union explained that Hyatt had failed to "adequately address the rise in crime in Baltimore County."

Olszewski did not release specific details about the decision not to renew Hyatt's contract.

"During my tenure as Chief, we worked through challenging times. I am so very proud of our many accomplishments, including initiatives that sharpened our focus on community trust, public safety, and officer wellness," Hyatt said in a statement last month.

Olszewski also thanked Hyatt for her work as Chief.

"Leaders come and go for a variety of reasons, and we are very thankful for the chief's service these last years," Olszewski said last week when questioned about the upcoming leadership change for the police department.

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