OCEAN CITY, Md. - After a Nationwide search, a local beach town has officially hired a new police chief. Ocean City Police say Chief Ross Buzzuro, will start his new post on July 2nd. The town has been looking for a replacement, since former Chief Bernadette DiPino retired in January of this year. Once he starts his new position, Chief Buzzuro will be in charge of 100 full time officers, 100 seasonal officers, and around 20 civilian employees, along with managing a multi-million dollar budget.
Mayor Rick Meehan say "On behalf of the City Council, I am very pleased to welcome Chief Buzzuro to Ocean City, 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."
"He has a good background in management and in budgeting, and he is a consensus builder. I think he's somebody who really understands Ocean City and will be a really good leader of a good team that we already have in place," Meehan said.
Chief Buzzuro started in law enforcement in Baltimore in 1985. He has since graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and the University of Maryland's Fire & Rescue Institute. He also has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Management from John Hopkins University. While on the force in Baltimore, Chief Buzzuro, was a commander within the Baltimore City's Special Enforcement Section, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Internal Investigations Division.
Chief Buzzuro released the following statement "I am honored to serve the residents and visitors of Ocean City as Chief of Police. 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."