Baltimore County, MD, Police Chief Jim Johnson began his career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1979 as a Cadet in the 911 Center, and since then, he has served in every sworn rank in the Department. In fact, he is only the second person in the history of the agency who rose through the ranks from Cadet to Chief.
He has served as a patrolman in the Essex Precinct, as a Corporal and a Sergeant in the North Point Precinct and in the Traffic Division’s DWI Task Force. He then served as a Lieutenant in the Wilkens and Woodlawn Precincts until 1991 when he was promoted to Captain of the Technical Services Division. As a Captain, he later served as Commander of the Essex Precinct and Commander of the Internal Affairs Section.
In 2000, he was promoted to Major, commanding the Western Patrol Division, and in 2003, he was promoted to Colonel, leading the Human Resources Bureau. He began commanding the Operations Bureau in 2006, and in June of 2007, he was named Chief of Police by County Executive Jim Smith. In 2010, he was re-appointed to this position by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Chief Johnson holds a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore. He holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association for which he serves as representative and current Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. Chief Johnson has been honored with numerous awards and citations, including the Department’s second highest award, the Silver Star.