Sgt. Robert E. Beans has resigned as head of the Black Officers Association of the Annapolis Police Department.
Narcotics officer George Kelley, who came to the department two years ago after seven years with the New York City Police Department, will be the association's new president.
The change in leadership of the organization coincides with the arrival of Harold Robbins as the city's new police chief.
"When I was president, I was going through a bunch of things with the old administration," said Beans, a 20-year veteran who led the association for three years. "There are a lot of hard feelings left over from that. I figured we should give the new chief a chance and start off with someone new."
Last year, Beans charged that white officers in the department sabotaged the operations of his unit, the now-defunct Delta Force drug squad, and that former Police Chief John C. Schmitt ignored charges of racism in the department.
Schmitt retired in May amid charges of mismanagement and racism, which he denied.
Ironically, a state prosecutor's investigation into Beans' complaints led to charges that Beans and another black officer, Chandler Powell, broke departmental rules while members of Delta Force. A police trial board dismissed charges against Beans, and charges against Powell were subsequently dropped.
Alderman Carl O. Snowden, D-Ward 5, one of two black City Council members, said the association also wanted to move younger officers into leadership positions. He said Beans' tenure brought about a more unified black community in Annapolis.
"Sergeant Beans brought about the greatest unification of the African-American community, around his case and Powell's, and brought attention to the organization," Snowden said.