[photo, Public Safety Education & Training Center, 6852 4th St., Sykesville, Maryland] Stewart W. Russell, Chair (chosen by Committee)

Appointed by Governor: Donna Deneane Brown; Rodney A. Burrell; Stewart W. Russell.

Appointed by Senate President: Robert C. Brennan

Appointed by House Speaker: Kurt L. Schmoke, Esq.

6852 4th St., Sykesville, Maryland, June 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Staff: Katherine L. (Katie) Johnson (410) 875-3523; e-mail:
Matthew W. Mellady, J.D. (410) 875-3602; e-mail:

c/o Police & Correctional Training Commissions
Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
6852 4th St., Sykesville, MD 21784

In July 2022, the Statewide Administrative Charging Committee was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapter 59, Acts of 2021).

The Statewide Administrative Charging Committee serves statewide and bi-county law enforcement agencies (Code Public Safety Article, sec. 3-104).

Meeting at least monthly, the Committee reviews the findings of each law enforcement agency’s investigation of police misconduct complaints forwarded by the agency to the Committee. From information related to the investigation, the Committee makes determinations and recommendations. It reviews relevant body camera footage, may call a police officer before the Committee, determines if a police officer should be charged administratively and, if so, recommends discipline. It submits written opinions to the director of the law enforcement agency, the accused police officer, and the complainant.

Five members constitute the Committee. Three are appointed by the Governor, one by the Senate President, and one by the House Speaker. Annually, the Chair is chosen by the Committee (Code Public Safety Article, sec. 3-104).

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