Longtime Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger will retire in April


Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger will retire in April after 15 years running the 1,300-officer force during which he became a national voice on police issues.

Manger, who announced his retirement Wednesday, said he plans to join the Major Cities Chiefs Association to head the group’s legislative efforts in Washington.


His departure follows the Dec. 3 swearing-in of Marc Elrich (D) as county executive, the first change in the county’s top political job in 12 years.


Manger, 64, has been a police officer for 42 years and is a well-known figure in the Washington region, having led the Fairfax County force in Virginia before taking the Montgomery job.


Manger said Elrich has asked for his help in selecting a new chief, who would need County Council approval. In an interview Wednesday, Manger praised possible in-house candidates.


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