BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A former Baltimore County chief of police will be returning to fill the open police chief job left behind by retiring Chief Jim Johnson.

It was announced Wednesday that Terrence B. Sheridan will take over as Baltimore County chief of police after James “Jim” W. Johnson’s retirement on January 31.

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Sheridan is set to serve for the remainder of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s term, which ends December 2018.

Sheridan previously served as Baltimore County’s police chief from 1996 to 2007.

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He is currently serving as Law Enforcement Advisor to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence and Analysis Division.

Kamenetz stated in a release:

“Jim Johnson served this County faithfully and honorably for 38 years, and we are grateful for his service. However, at this time we choose to go in a different direction, and I wish Chief Johnson well. I’m excited that Terry Sheridan has agreed to return as Chief. His impressive resume and impeccable reputation will assure that we continue to maintain the highest standard of service that we expect from our police department.”

Scott Shellenberger, State’s Attorney for Baltimore County, released the following statement:

Jim Johnson has served this County tirelessly for close to four decades.

He has been a strong advocate for the victims of crime and has moved the Baltimore County Police Department to the forefront of crime fighting.

I will miss Chief Johnson a great deal and respect his decision to take a
well-deserved retirement.

Terry Sheridan was the Chief of Police when I was first elected as State’s Attorney. We worked well together then and I look forward to our continued partnership.

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