On September 2, 2011, County Executive Isiah Leggett nominated Commander Russell (Russ) Hamill for an appointment to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. Today, the appointment was unanimously approved by the Montgomery County Council, and Commander Hamill has been promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief. Chief Hamill will be assigned to head the Investigative Services Bureau.
A life-long resident of Montgomery County, Hamill joined the police department in 1986. Prior to joining the police department, he served three years as a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff. After graduating from the Public Safety Training Academy, he was assigned to the 1st District as a patrol officer.
In November 1994, Hamill was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as such in the Investigative Services Bureau, the Special Investigations Division, the Office of the Chief, and the Public Safety Training Academy. He was also a Police Community Action Team (PCAT) Sergeant and a shift Sergeant in the 5th and 2nd Districts.
In November 2001, Hamill was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He was assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 1st District and then as the Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Division.
In November 2004, Hamill was promoted to the rank of Captain and appointed as the Director of the Criminal Investigations Division. In August 2007, Hamill assumed command of the 2nd District where he served until his current appointment to Assistant Chief.
Hamill received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctorate from Howard University. In 2006, he completed the Maryland Leadership Challenge program and graduated from the FBI National Academy.
According to Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, Hamill will start his new assignment on Wednesday, September 28. Chief Manger added, "Russ Hamill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role as an Assistant Chief. He has demonstrated leadership in each assignment he has held during his career."
Hamill is married and has five children. The family resides in Germantown. # # #
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