UPPER MARLBORO – After 32 years as a Prince George’s County police officer, and the last five years as the county’s chief, Mark Magaw announced his retirement effective immediately at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 11 in Upper Marlboro. Magaw’s retirement is just one part of leadership shakeup in Prince George’s County. County Executive […]
UPPER MARLBORO – After 32 years as a Prince George’s County police officer, and the last five years as the county’s chief, Mark Magaw announced his retirement effective immediately at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 11 in Upper Marlboro.
Magaw’s retirement is just one part of leadership shakeup in Prince George’s County. County Executive Rushern Baker III announced, at the same press conference, that Magaw will still serve as the new Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) of public safety in the County Executive’s Office. The role was previously held by Barry Stanton, who will now reside as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Infrastructure.
Baker said although much progress has been made toward decreasing the crime rate and response times over the past five years, he wants to accomplish just as much if not more in the future.
“Today, I am here to announce some changes I will be making in my leadership team that will not only continue our progress, but accelerate it. Despite our unprecedented drop in crime, our citizens’ safety remains our top priorities,” Baker said at the press conference.
Magaw said this time of change is bittersweet for him.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve as the Chief of Police for this remarkable police department. The men and women of this agency are true public servants and are committed to serving our community,” he said. “I will miss working alongside the dedicated individuals who have made the department what it is today. I look forward to transitioning to my new position, where I will continue to have the opportunity to proudly serve the citizens of Prince George’s County.”
Magaw came up through the ranks and held a number of positions, including deputy chief in charge of the Strategic Enforcement Bureau. Baker said it is because of Magaw’s leadership in the department that he thought he was the right fit for the public safety office.
“His leadership and commitment has made a significant difference in how we address crime in this county. By focusing on community policing, outreach and engagement, I believe our police department is becoming one of the best in the nation,” Baker said. “So I have asked the chief to serve as my new DCAO for Public Safety. I am confident that with his leadership, we will continue to enhance public safety in this county and improve the quality of life for all our residents.”
Deputy Police Chief Henry “Hank” Stawinski, who joined the police department in 1992, will replace Magaw as chief on an interim basis. Stawinski was previously the head of the department’s Bureau of Patrol and was responsible for the department’s crime data, as well as the directing of community policing, public relations, and communications efforts.
“I am humbled to be selected as the next Interim Chief of Police for the Prince George’s County Police Department,” Stawinski said. “In recent years, we’ve made great strides in cutting crime in the county. I will work each day as the Interim Chief determined to make a positive difference for the citizens of the county and for the men and women of the police department. It will be a true honor to lead this department.”