Annapolis Mayor fires head of police

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ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Mayor of Annapolis fired the Police Chief Michael Pristoop.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Mayor Mike Pantelides said Pristoop’s firing was “not about the person, but rather about creating new direction for policing and enforcement efforts, while generating  new initiatives in our police department.”

Pantelides said his decision to remove the head of police came after he saw a lack of progress tackling drugs and homicide in Annapolis. The decision to replace Pristoop comes after the deadliest year on record in Annapolis, with 12 homicides in the last 12 months and 10 in 2016.

Major Scott Baker will act as chief while the city conducts a national search for a permanent replacement. The Baltimore Sun reports Pristoop’s firing will take place 45 days from Wednesday with the chief on paid leave in that time.  Pristoop made $153,489.76 a year and was the city’s highest paid employee.


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