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.
The closed session will precede the regular City Council meeting.
In other action tonight, the council will conduct a public hearing on a car wash proposed for 1918 West St., and hear a presentation by Public Works Director John E.C. Patmore on excess street and traffic signs. Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8, requested the sign presentation.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in City Hall on Duke of Gloucester Street.