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New Assistant Police Chiefs Confirmed by Council

One of the assistant chiefs will head a newly formed bureau in a department reorganization.

The Montgomery County Police Department has two new assistant chiefs: Cmd. Luther Reynolds and Capt. Darryl McSwain.

The County Council confirmed County Executive Isiah Leggett’s appointments on Tuesday.

McSwain, director of the Special Operations Division, will be assigned to head the newly created Patrol Services Bureau. Reynolds, who led the Germantown-based 5th District, will head the Management Services Bureau, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman told Patch.

According to county records, the appointees will be paid salaries of $159,000.

Chief J. Thomas Manger said McSwain and Reynolds would expand his team of assistant chiefs to four.

“This is a tremendously strong team,” Manger said ahead of the council's vote, referring to the assistant chiefs as “the future of the police department.”

Since the police department is part of the county’s executive branch, the county executive makes the appointments, and the county council votes on whether to confirm them.

The Council’s public safety committee interviewed Reynolds and McSwain prior to the Council’s regular meeting.

“Both these guys are pretty well-known to the Council,” said Neil Greenberger, the Council’s legislative information officer.

Council Vice President Craig Rice, whose district includes Germantown, thanked Reynolds and McSwain for their work and said that Reynolds would be tough to lose.

“It’s tough to lose a person who’s a great commander of the district, and someone I would consider a friend,” Rice said. “You never realize how a great of a job they do until you need them. That’s the unfortunate part.  I just wanted to say thank you for the great service that you’ve done."

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