Takoma Park City Manager Accepts Police Chief’s Resignation
Today Takoma Park City Manager Suzanne Ludlow accepted the resignation of Police Chief Alan Goldberg for personal reasons. Goldberg began working for the City of Takoma Park in October 2012 after retiring from a long career with the Montgomery County Police Department. He has served a total of 39 years in law enforcement.
Ludlow noted that, during Chief Goldberg’s tenure, many improvements were made in the Takoma Park Police Department, particularly concerning crime analysis and sharing information with the public. The recently presented Annual Report of the Police Department for 2016 showed the lowest level of crime in many years in most categories. Ludlow also noted the positive reception to Chief Goldberg’s public statement after the recent Presidential election concerning the role of local police in immigration matters. Takoma Park is a Sanctuary City.
Ludlow will be conducting a national search for a new chief for the City of Takoma Park. In the interim, the three captains in the Police Department, Captain Dan Frishkorn, Captain Tyrone Collington and Captain Richard Bowers, will rotate Acting Chief responsibilities, beginning with Captain Frishkorn. The Department remains committed to excellence and will continue to protect the public safety of all residents, regardless of background.
The City of Takoma Park has a council/manager form of government in which the council establishes policies and hires a city manager to oversee day to day operations, including hiring of staff. The Takoma Park Police Department is a full service police department, with 42 sworn officers and 30 civilian employees. After consulting with Council, staff and community members on desired characteristics of a new Police Chief, a job announcement for the position will be posted.