UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ) — One day after former Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski stepped down, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks named Assistant Chief Hector Velez the department’s interim leader.
In a blog post on the department’s website, Velez said he was “honored” to assume the position. The 26-year-veteran of the agency was named the assistant chief in 2016.READ MORE: 'Star Of Bethlehem' Lit With Promise Of Steel Returning To Sparrows PointMaryland AG's Race Heats Up With Potential O'Malley-Brown Democratic Primary
“As Interim Chief, I will work every day to make proud our officers and our citizens. I’d also like to express my gratitude to Chief Stawinski for his decades of service and years of friendship. I wish him well in all of his future endeavors,” Velez wrote.MORE NEWS: Howard County NAACP Calls For Investigation After Video Shows Black Student Being Punched By Staff
Stawinski stepped down amid reports alleging racial discrimination within the department toward officers of color. The local NAACP chapter had planned to hold a vote expressing their lack of confidence in his leadership Thursday evening.