20031209 Maria Tsigas: Westminster police chief Jeff Spaulding approved
Westminster police chief approved
by Maria Tsigas for the Carroll County Times
December 9, 2003
The Westminster City Council unanimously approved the confirmation of William J. "Jeff" Spaulding Monday as Westminster's new police chief.
Spaulding, a 30-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department, will be officially sworn in on Jan. 2. Maj. Dean Brewer, who has been acting chief for the past five months, will remain acting chief until then.
Spaulding was chosen from among nearly 70 applicants from all over the United States, according to the city.
The selection committee included Mayor Kevin Dayhoff, Council President Damian Halstad and council members Roy Chiavacci and Suzanne Albert, and several county law enforcement officials.
Chiavacci said during Monday evening's meeting that Spaulding's name just surfaced to the top from the beginning.
He was the right person at the right time for the city of Westminster, Chiavacci said.
Spaulding said he looked forward to coming to Westminster and working with the citizens, council, mayor and police department.
Spaulding has served as deputy chief in Howard County for the last six years. A Mount Airy resident, Spaulding is slated to replace Chief Roger Joneckis, who retired at the end of July.
Maria Tsigas for the Carroll County Times