Chief's Office

Chief Jeffrey Spaulding assumed his duties as Chief of the Westminster Police Department on January 2, 2004. He came to Westminster with more than thirty years of police experience with the Howard County Police Department. He joined Howard County as a Community Service Officer (cadet) in 1973, just days after his graduation from high school. Since that time he has served with distinction in a variety of roles to include Patrol Officer, Detective, Supervisor of several specialized units, Patrol Watch Commander, Commander of the Vice and Narcotics Division, and as the Northern Patrol District Commander. For the past six years he served as the Deputy Chief of Police, commanding both the operational and administrative functions of the Department. 

Chief Spaulding holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the DEA National Drug Commanders Academy. Additionally, he has received advanced training in a variety of areas to include incident command, criminal investigations and community policing. Chief Spaulding is an active member of the Maryland Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates. 

Chief Spaulding is committed to the ideal that collaboration is the key to success. He has played an important role in the management of numerous community-based initiatives to include service on the Management Team of the Howard County Child Advocacy Center and the Executive Committee of the Family and Sexual Violence Council for Howard County. He has also served on the Management Team of the Howard County Mobile Crisis Team, and as adjunct to the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence Center for Howard County. 

Chief Spaulding lives with his wife Holly and their two children in the Mount Airy area. He is lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Poplar Springs. He is very active in his community, serving as the Central Region Coordinator for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and participating annually in Christmas in April activities.