Howard deputy chief of police gets top job in Westminster

Spaulding set to take his new post Jan. 2

December 03, 2003|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

A 30-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department has been tapped to be Westminster's new police chief, city officials announced yesterday.

Maj. William J. Spaulding, 49, a Mount Airy native who is one of two deputy police chiefs in Howard County, beat out more than 60 other candidates to be selected to head Carroll County's largest municipal police force.

He will continue to work in Howard County, where he oversees the administrative functions of that department, until Dec. 31. Two days later, he will take over the top spot in the Westminster department.

"I feel like I can bring a fresh perspective to Westminster," said Spaulding, who visited the city yesterday to meet with municipal officials. But first, he said, he is going to take some time to learn about the department and the community.

"I want to get my feet wet, but I don't want to make a splash without a firm grasp on the organization," he said in a telephone interview last night.

Of Spaulding's selection to the $82,000-a-year job, Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff said, "We're going to be the envy of the entire state."

"The one thing that we're extraordinarily excited about is, with Chief Spaulding we're going to significantly add to the leadership pool in a continuing attempt to change the culture of government and further the cause of community outreach and community policing," said Dayhoff, who made the appointment.

Spaulding's selection is expected to be confirmed next week by Westminster's Common Council.

Spaulding joined Howard County's police department as a cadet in 1973, five days after he graduated from Glenelg High School.

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