- Mar 24
MPD Chief to Step Down May 31st
Martinsburg Police Department Chief Maury Richards has announced he will be stepping down from his position later this Spring. Richards submitted a letter notifying Mayor George Karos, City Manager Mark Baldwin, and the City Council that he will be resigning May 31, 2020. Richards was sworn in as MPD Chief on October 28, 2015 after being selected in a nationwide candidate search. He had previously retired as a Lieutenant after a 24-year career with the Chicago Police Department.
In his March 17th letter of resignation, Richards expressed his gratitude to the City. “The trust and confidence you demonstrated in selecting me and providing the opportunity to lead this magnificent organization has been the honor of a lifetime. Together, we have built the best police department in the State of West Virginia,” Richards stated. The MPD Chief added, “I take pride in the fact that we have successfully built a strong community-policing partnership that has reduced crime, improved the quality of life for families, and has made Martinsburg a better and safer place to live. I am deeply grateful for the unwavering support that you have extended to me, our entire leadership team, and all the men and women of MPD.”
Richards said that, “Good policing takes a total team effort and MPD is the best team I’ve ever been part of.” He credited MPD teamwork with historic levels of crime reduction in the City; the success of the Drug House Ordinance; the introduction of Handle With Care and The Martinsburg Initiative; a cutting-edge Department website, and an emphasis on Community Policing that has included increased foot and bike patrol, regular visits by all Officers to school classrooms, and a revamped MPD Canine Unit.
In a letter of appreciation to his fellow Department members he acknowledged that it has been “the greatest honor of my policing career” and “the ultimate privilege to work with the men and women of MPD, who are unsurpassed by anyone in the country in their professionalism, skill, and expertise.”
Richards will remain a Martinsburg resident and spend more time with his grandchildren, writing on police-related issues, and being a “vocal advocate for the men and women of American law enforcement.”