OCEAN CITY, Md.- Lt. Col. Ross Buzzuro of the Baltimore Police Department has been named Ocean City's new police chief, resort officials announced Tuesday.
Buzzuro was one of dozens of candidates whom officials said they interviewed for the position of Ocean City police chief when it became vacant in January upon the retirement of Chief Bernadette DiPino. Buzzuro is expected to begin his new position on July 2.
As police chief, Buzzuro will oversee the department, which consists of nearly 100 full-time officers, 100 seasonal officers and approximately 20 civilian employees. In addition, resort officials said Buzzuro's responsibilities will include developing and implementing law enforcement initiatives and crime prevention strategies, creating organization and community partnerships, overseeing operational commands and managing a multi]million dollar budget.
"On behalf of the City Council, I am very pleased to welcome Chief Buzzuro to Ocean City," said Mayor Rick Meehan. "We had a number of very qualified candidates apply for the position and this was a very tough decision to make, however; Chief Buzzuro's knowledge, experience and leadership stood out amongst the rest. I am confident he will be a great asset to the citizens in the community, the members of the Ocean City Police Department, as well as the future of Ocean City."
Buzzuro began his career in law enforcement in 1985, as a police cadet in Baltimore City. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as a sergeant, detective lieutenant, deputy major, major and eventually being named lieutenant colonel in 2007.
A graduate of the FBI's National Academy and the University of Maryland's Fire & Rescue Institute, Buzzuro has been a commander within the Baltimore City's Special Enforcement Section, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Internal Investigations Division.
Buzzuro has bachelor's and master's degrees in management from John Hopkins University. Resort officials said Buzzuro is known for improving operations, effectively managing resources and strengthening relationships.
"I am honored to serve the residents and visitors of Ocean City as chief of police," said Chief Buzzuro. "As chief, I understand a key component of public safety is partnering with the community and understanding the dynamic Ocean City's unique environment. I look forward to accomplishing public safety through teamwork, professionalism, and discipline of the fine men and women who serve the Ocean City Police Department."
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