Anne Arundel County Police Chief Larry Tolliver submitted his resignation to County Executive Laura Neuman Tuesday. In a statement, Tolliver said that his retirement is voluntary and had nothing to do with a recently reported complaint by an officer accusing Tolliver of making offensive comments. His retirement is effective May 21st.
Tolliver became the county’s police chief in 2012 following the sudden retirement of James Teare amid the investigation into then-County Executive John Leopold’s uses of his security detail.
The Baltimore Sun recently reported that Neuman launched an investigation on whether Tolliver used homophobic slurs and retaliated against officers whose testimony led the Leopold’s conviction for misconduct earlier this year. Tolliver also denied that his resignation is the result of Neuman bringing in “external agencies” to examine the department. WBAL-TV reported that Investigators from Harford and Montgomery Counties are being brought in to look at the entire department, “leaving no stone unturned.”