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PRESS RELEASE: WESTMINSTER CHIEF OF POLICE TO RETIRE
Jeffrey Spaulding, Westminster’s Chief of Police, will retire effective March 1, 2019. Spaulding has served as the City’s Chief of Police since January 2004. Prior to coming to Westminster, he was employed by the Howard County Police Department for 30 years, achieving the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.
Regarding his pending retirement, Spaulding commented, “After more than 45 years in law enforcement, I’ve decided that this is an appropriate time to slow down a bit. My wife and I are looking forward to welcoming our first grandchild in early 2019, and I’d like the flexibility to pursue opportunities that don’t require my attention 24/7.”
Mayor Joe Dominick stated, “Under Chief Spaulding’s leadership, the Westminster Police Department has made significant progress, particularly in the modernization of its equipment and technology systems. Chief Spaulding has also done exemplary work in the area of training and staff development; during his tenure, eight members of the Police Department’s leadership team have completed executive development and leadership training, including participation in the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.”
Council President Robert Wack added, “One of Chief Spaulding’s most important legacies will be his work in preparing his officers to assist those dealing with mental health issues. He was at the forefront in establishing the Carroll County Crisis Intervention Team. Additionally, the Westminster Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the State of Maryland to receive the “One Mind” Program certification from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its proactive efforts in dealing with individuals experiencing mental illness or a mental health crisis.”
In reflecting on his tenure as Westminster’s Chief of Police, Spaulding stated, “I have sincerely enjoyed my time with the Westminster Police Department and greatly appreciate the trust and ongoing support of the Mayor and Common Council and the City Administrator. I have been privileged to serve with the dedicated men and women of the Westminster Police Department who work hard every day to provide high quality public safety service to the community. I am also grateful for the many public safety and community partners with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work for the past 15 years; their spirit of collaboration is what makes Carroll County such a special place to live and work.”