UPDATED: New Chief Named After Teare Announces Retirement

A criminal investigation into Teare is being dropped by the state as a result of his retirement.

UPDATE (3:05 p.m.)—Maj. Pamela R. Davis is the new acting police chief for the Anne Arundel County Police Department (AACPD), effective immediately after Police Chief James Teare Sr.'s retirement is set to begin in Aug. 1.

Davis will be the first female police chief in Anne Arundel County history. She is currently the commander of the Administrative Services Bureau of the police department.

The other heads of the department are retiring later this year—including Deputy Chief Emerson Davis, who is set to retire in August, and Deputy Chief David E. Pressley, who will retire in September.

County Executive John R. Leopold made the announcement of Davis' appointment on Wednesday afternoon, hours after Teare's retirement was made public.

“Pam Davis is an excellent example of the high caliber of police officers in our department, and I am confident she can provide the leadership necessary to maintain the excellent performance we have become accustomed to,” Leopold said. “She brings nearly two decades of experience to the table and the ability to put us in the best position to fight crime successfully.”

Davis, 41, of Lothian, joined AACPD in 1993 as a patrol officer in the eastern district. According to a release, she has been a K-9 officer and commander of the training academy, the criminal investigations division and southern and eastern districts. Davis has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

“I want to thank county executive Leopold for this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County,” Davis said. “We have a solid foundation on which to build a stronger police department.”

Davis' appointment as acting chief is set to become effective Aug. 1, the date of Teare’s retirement.

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO), which represents the sergeants and lieutenants of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, issued a statement Wednesday about the news of Teare's retirement, saying they were pleased with the outcome.

“Chief Teare has finally heeded our call and done what is in the best interests of the citizens of Anne Arundel County and the law enforcement professionals who serve the county. The cloud over Anne Arundel County is finally beginning to lift," said David J. Holway, IBPO national president. 

A terse statement released by the police department Wednesday morning said that Teare “cherished the opportunity to serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County."

Leopold, in a statement released Wednesday, said Teare was retiring to spend more time with his family.

"Chief Teare notified me today of his intent to leave the Police Department in order to spend more time with his family, effective August 1,” Leopold said. “I would like to thank him for his long and honorable service to Anne Arundel County and wish him the best of luck in his retirement.”

Teare announced Wednesday that he would retire effective Aug. 1.

The news came from a release by state prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, who said the state was dropping an investigation into Teare.

“In light of his retirement, the state is closing its criminal investigation of Chief Teare. It is important to resolve this matter without any further disruption to the effective functioning of the Police Department at a time when it is reorganizing, and the Anne Arundel County Executive is under indictment. Our office believes that this resolution is in the best interests of the citizens of Anne Arundel County,” Davitt said in the release.

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In March, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents the sergeants and lieutenants of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, .

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K July 24, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Kevin-- Maybe because he couldn't....did you ever think of that? No one says he is above the law, but there was nothing illegal that he did. Did you watch the interview? Didn't his lawyer say that if this went to trial he would be possibly messing with another case? Yes, he should get his benefits he worked hard. Just because some people are idiots doesn't mean he should suffer. Do you understand what this is all about anyway?
W. L. July 24, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Yes I understand. Law is the law. It was not up to him to decide if his answers could "possible" be messing with another case. He put himself "above" the law. I have no use for policeman who expect to be treated differently than those they themselves arrest. I watched the process. Don't call people idiots. I understand more of what this is about than you do. He should not get his benefits. I don't think you understand the ramifications of what he has done.
k July 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM
How did he put himself above the law? I will call it like I see, and I doubt you know more than anyone else.
W. L. July 26, 2012 at 12:43 AM
You should know. At least you seem to be the expert. After all he was keeping his mouth shut because it would interfere with a case he was investigating. Of course, can't open his mouth on this case that is being investigated. He was obstructing the law. He made himself look like is was in the pockets of others by doing that. Innocent people do not do what he did. And yes, again, I am privy to the proceedings. You have your opinion. I have mine. So we agree to disagree. Not everyone can retire when they get caught. If innocent they help, if guilty they usually are penalized. At least I would be let's say.
Mary Wagner October 06, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Mary Wagner I agree the department is out of control and dysfunctional. Many times I reported the abuse of an adult retarded woman being abused (court records prove) however, the some police were friends of the abusers and I was told to shut up or I could get hurt and other threats. My home was robbed several times and the police knew who did it but they were that robbed me. I repeatedly called Chief Teare and he REFUSED to do anything to help the retarded woman or myself. When you don't keep quiet about the corruption within the police department you are not only threatened but comments are made about mental stability. There are still many police that need to quit because of incompetence and corruption; moreover, the police that do care are transfered to graveyard duty. Our honest police that have unquestionable INTEGRITY are having to suffer because of those in charge. Even FBI said how corrupt the Police Department in AACo. is , what a shame. We have an enormous amount of careing, dedicated police officers ; however, they are being quieted.


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