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Mr. Shush?

Jon Walter, a retiring Northern District community relations officer, will take over as the Johns Hopkins University’s community liaison.

Officer Jon Walter, a long time community relations officer in the Northern District, will be taking over as the new student and community liaison at Johns Hopkins University.

Walter is taking over for Carrie Bennett, aka "The Shush Lady," who left the post to move to Pennsylvania to take care of her father following the death of her mother this summer.

"When Dean [Susan] Boswell mentioned Jon’s name as a possible candidate for the position, I felt a huge wave of relief. I know Jon, I know his back ground, his work ethic and his philosophy regarding community relations. Knowing that he is the one to not just take over, but to take the Student/Community Liaison position forward, means so much to me," Bennett wrote on her blog.

Walter announced his retirement from the police department during a meeting of the Northern District’s Community Relations Council on Wednesday night. He was unable to be reached by phone at the district on Thursday.

He will be taking over a role created several years ago to help quell the tension between neighbors and Hopkins students in the Charles Village, Remington, Oakenshawe and Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhoods.

Community leaders have credited Bennett with helping to drastically improve town and gown relations in North Baltimore. 

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