Frederick W. Chaney, 64, Howard police chief

May 07, 2002

Frederick W. Chaney, retired Howard County police chief, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Fayetteville, Pa. He was 64.

The former Columbia resident, who had lived in Fayetteville since 1999, was chief of the Howard County Police Department from 1987 to 1991 -- a job that was the culmination of three decades in law enforcement.

Mr. Chaney was born and raised in Washington, where he graduated from DeMatha High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master's degree from George Washington University.

He began his career in 1959 with the District of Columbia police. Two years later, he was appointed to the Montgomery County Police Department, where he served for 25 years and rose to the rank of major.

During his tenure as Howard County's chief, he established a street drug unit and began the process for the department's national accreditation.

An avid golfer, he was a member of Hobbit's Glen, Montgomery Village and Penn National golf clubs. He enjoyed collecting American coins and stamps.

Mr. Chaney was a communicant of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Chambersburg, Pa., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Mary Multerer; two sons, Michael A. Chaney of Columbia and Christopher J. Chaney of Potomac; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Waters of Lafayette, Colo.; two brothers, Eugene Chaney and Douglas Chaney, both of Chillum; a sister, Beatrice Peluso of Crofton; and six grandchildren.

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