The Annapolis City Council will meet in closed session tonight to appoint a new deputy police chief.
Col. Joseph S. Johnson, 48, a 23-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department, is Police ChiefHarold Robbins' choice for the job. Robbins and Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins announced the decision two weeks ago, fulfilling a promise Hopkins made a year ago to hire a black deputy chief.
Johnson, who commands Baltimore's 1,800-member patrol division, would start his new job July 1. He would earn $61,500 a year, about $2,000 more than retiring Capt. Charles Lane, whose position would be eliminated to make room for Johnson.