Police Accountability Board

Overview

Through the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 – Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures, which was enacted by the Maryland General Assembly on April 10, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is required to establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB) and an Administrative Charging Committee (ACC). 

Calvert County Government is focused on attaining a balanced representation of diverse backgrounds and experiences to execute those powers and duties. 

  1. Police Accountability Board
  2. Administrative Charging Committee
  3. Trial Board

Police Accountability Board

Meetings:

  • Meets quarterly
  • The PAB holds quarterly meetings with heads of law enforcement agencies (LEA) and work with LEAs to improve matters of policing. 
  • The PAB receives complaints of police misconduct filed by the public. Complaints must be forwarded to the appropriate LEA within three days of receipt. On a quarterly basis, the PAB will review outcomes of disciplinary matters considered by charging committees. 
  • The PAB appoints civilian members to charging committees and trial boards. 
  • PAB meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.

Membership:

  • Nine members, including a chairperson, appointed by the BOCC
  • Initially, PAB appointees will be given staggered term lengths between one and three years; otherwise, members will serve three-year terms, and are not eligible to serve longer than a total of six years on the PAB. 
  • No active police officer or immediate family member may be a member of the PAB or ACC. Any former police officer must be fully retired for at least five years. 
  • Members will reflect the racial, gender and cultural diversity of Calvert County and include at least two members from each commissioner district:
    1. Two retired sworn law enforcement officers
    2. Three or more members from minority populations within Calvert County
    3. One mental health practitioner
  • Must be 18 or older.
  • Must not be convicted of or have a pending charge for any crime punishable by/sentenced to imprisonment for more than one year, unless pardoned.
  • Must be proficient in English (able to speak, read and write).

Members:

  • Wilson Parran, Chair (3-year term)
  • Lisa Ireland Barony (1-year term)
  • Suzanne Benedict (2-year term)
  • Brian Cedar (3-year term)
  • Alphonso Hawkins (1-year term)
  • Quentin Jones, Jr. (2-year term)
  • Susan Justice (1-year term)
  • Dawn Lister (2-year term)
  • (vacant)

Contact

  • Cindy Allen, Senior Human Resources Analyst, 410-535-1600, ext. 8803

Police Accountability Board Process

  1. May 2021: Process begins.
  2. August 2021: Staff conducts public outreach and begins accepting public comments on the draft resolution.

  3. February 2022: Adopt final resolution. Management of the PAB and ACC implementation moves to the Department of Human Resources. 
  4. March 2022: Advertise for membership and determine PAB FY23 budget. BOCC approves two Human Resources staff positions to provide support to the PAB and ACC. 
  5. April 2022: Staff reviews applications for minimum qualifications. Citizen review committee is formed to evaluate applications and provide recommendations to the BOCC, comprised of one representative each from the Calvert County Fraternal Order of Police, Calvert County NAACP, Calvert County Republican Central Committee and Calvert County Democratic Central Committee.
  6. May 2022: Citizen review committee evaluates and rates applications.
  7. June 2022: BOCC receives applications with citizen review committee recommendations in early June.
     
    • BOCC approves FY23 budget.
    • BOCC votes to appoint PAB members. 
  8. July 1, 2022: State of Maryland deadline for implementation.

  9. Summer 2022: Conduct first PAB meeting. 

Apply to Serve

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications online for the Police Accountability Board and Administrative Charging Committee, as of Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.  Applications that were received by March 25, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., are being reviewed for first-round consideration. Please note: the application will remain open continuously if you wish to be considered for future vacancies.

For questions, please contact the Department of Human Resources at 410-535-1600, ext. 2359. 

Due to the nature of the board, this is a separate application from other boards and commissions. If you wish to apply for a different board or commission, please visit the Volunteer Boards and Commissions page.


Public Comment and Input

  1. First Round
  2. Second Round
  3. Public Hearing

Public Comment and Input - First Round

Comments for the first draft closed on Oct. 17, 2021. The comments received were documented and are viewable at the links below. 

View the October 2021 Draft Police Accountability Board Resolution (PDF)

PAB Facebook comments
Oct. 12, 2021 Town Hall comments
First-round public comments
First-round survey results