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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Ivey: Hylton will be replaced

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton might soon be looking for a new job - though no one has told him that yet.

That's in part what outgoing Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Wednesday morning on TBD TV and in comments made to the Washington Post. Ivey would not say how got the information, but he said he thought county executive-elect Rushern Baker would replace Hylton sometime after he takes office Monday.

"My understanding is that they're going to move in a new direction," Ivey told The Washington Post. "I do think there's going to be a new chief."

Ivey would not say how soon Hylton might be replaced. Ivey is not connected to Baker's transition team, but he is a close, personal friend of the incoming county executive.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Hylton would be replaced and said Hylton would be informed later Wednesday. The source said it was likely an interim chief would be named on Monday, and a national search would be launched to find a permanent replacement.

The Baker camp declined to confirm what Ivey said. Scott Peterson, a Baker spokesman, said, "There hasn't been any announcement or decision made from the transition committee or county executive elect Baker himself." He said Baker would not make any personnel decisions until after he takes office, and even then, they will come gradually.

Hylton said he had been told nothing, and in the meantime, he was "standing strong."

"This is the first time I'm hearing about it," he said. "Nobody has talked to me about it. Nobody has told me anything or said anything to me, so I don't know."

If Hylton is replaced, it might cause some consternation among community activists in Prince George's. A group calling itself The Coalition of Prince George's County Organizations and Leaders, which had already rallied in support of Hylton earlier this month, dropped off dozens of letters at Baker's transition headquarters this week urging the incoming county executive to keep the chief.

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 1, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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Comments

Wow, what a way to find out you might not have a job soon. Now, is there any way to convince the powers that be to let Marilyn Bland go the same way? Oh, happy day!

Posted by: mbrumble | December 1, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I think that Baker should replace the officials that he feels should be replaced.

Posted by: Special_One40 | December 1, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

It is the pregrogative of the County Executive to select his department heads. This includes the Chief of Police. Don't we have enough issues in Prince George's County government political leadership without some self-appointed group advocating the retention of a department head whose performance has been marginal, at best (and who, having run for Sherrif in the last primary, also has politcal aspirations). After the embarassmentPG residents has had to endure over the last few weeks it apparent that we need a fresh start in Prince George's County. So, please step aside and give Mr. Baker a chance to strighten out some of this mess.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | December 1, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse


Oh, how I agree with mbrumble !!!

Given Hylton's strong stance in the last few days, one can only conclude that Baker doesn't find Hylton has been STRICT ENOUGH.

If that is an indication of how STRICT Baker will be, and how HIGH he sets THE BAR, Oh, happy day !!!!

Posted by: polecatx1 | December 1, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@PracticalIndependent: FYI...Chief Hylton did not run for Sherrif in the last primary; you are mixing him up with his brother Rafel.

Posted by: walter17 | December 1, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Change for the sake of change is not good. I cannot see how removing effective people just because you can, best serves the citizens of this county. I think Roberto Hylton has been a fine police chief. I believe he has served this county with pride and distinction; and, he deserves better than to have found out in this way.

Posted by: jennjen | December 1, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe, Mr. Baker believes Mr. Hylton has been too strict?

polecatx1 Given Hylton's strong stance in the last few days, one can only conclude that Baker doesn't find Hylton has been STRICT ENOUGH.

Posted by: MrAardvark | December 1, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I think Chief Hylton has been very good for this county. We could do a lot worse. I hope that Mr. Baker exercises caution with his new power.

Posted by: lilahkelly | December 1, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

They're all in bed together. Replacing Hylton isn't going to make too much of a difference. Just another inept official to pick up where the other one left off.

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | December 1, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

If Hylton's successor is less stringent about officer misconduct and professional ethics, his replacement would likely be a loss for the County. That said, his ham-fisted and defensive reaction to the academy cheating scandal shook a lot of folks' faith, and appropriately so.

Look for former U.S. Park and current Riverdale Park Police Chief Teresa C. Chambers to take over after the search. Not just a Cathy Lanier 'look-alike,' as a vindicated whistle-blower Chambers is the embodiment of strong personal ethics. But can the politics of PG allow for the simultaneous swallowing of two bitter pills: a white female chief AND and an ethically independent head of department? That's a seriously open question.

But, as symbols go, Chambers can't be beat! Unless, of course, we could steal Cathy Lanier from the Gray administration in DC....

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | December 1, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Just about every incoming county executive has replaced the chief of police. Ususally, the replacement has been worse, more tolerant of brutality and corruption, than the old one.

Just a few days ago, police associates of one of the recently arrested sergeants demonstrated, demanding that Hylton go. The police union thinks he is too strict.

Replacing Hylton now would certainly make it look like Baker is coming down on the side of the crooks.

Posted by: dcrussell | December 1, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

If D.C. mayor elect Vincent Gray doesn't retain MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier, then the new PG County Executive should hire Lanier to run the PG police department.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | December 1, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

If D.C. mayor elect Vincent Gray doesn't retain MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier, then the new PG County Executive should hire Lanier to run the PG police department.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | December 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of turning on the news hearing about PG county(the county I live in). I can't wait to move!
The county is caught up in a bad cycle of problems. Crime , school systems suck, corruption, bad cops, high taxes, overpriced housing. Its gone take a miracle to fix all that over the next four years! Baker better have a master plan in place.

Posted by: tiredofpg | December 1, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why did Ivey have to say anythning???? Just let Baker make the announcement and stop with all the rumors...If Hylton is not replaced this week then Ivey will look like a fool for opening his mouth...

As far as I am concerned he looks like a fool now...just keep your yap shut...looks like you're trying for brownie points.....

Posted by: pentagon40 | December 1, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I too am sick of hearing all the negative news about PG. For those close enough to know (because he has lied to community members), he doesn't have an ounce of integrity. He has covered up much more than people realize and placed the blame on others. Most of the recent issues were under his watch and not inherited from his predecessor who is 10x the man Hylton will ever be. Ask Hylton why some community members get rides to meetings and events while others don't. I would love a chauffeur on tax payers money! Hopefully the truth will come out one day so everyone will know the "real" Hylton and not the image he gives to the residents of PG.

Posted by: Jasper10 | December 1, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Teresa chambers as the new chief would be a slap in the face to every Prince Georgian. This woman was a commander in pg county when pg was at its most brutal (70s and 80s). She moved up the ranks and participated in police brutality. If I remember correctly, she sued the pg black officers back in the late 80s. Go figure!! this is now a majority black county. I think she later also sued PG county because she was not selected for chief of police and left to become a police chief down south. I want to say they selected a Black acting chief Hawkins. I would have to do some research to get my dates correct. I also remember an African American female suing Chambers and other commanders for sexual harassment and discrimination. Chambers later sues U.S. Park Police for not getting her way and calls herself a whistle blower. What a pattern!!!!!. Is this what we are looking forward to by the Baker camp? We have seen too much drama here in PG. I am sick of it. Baker if you are not going to let the current Chief finish cleaning house then you should clean house and bring a fresh face not an old school former PG county officer. What message does that send to those heavy-handed cops? While you are at it take out, the other criminal command staff accused of kidnappings, assaults and discrimination. All of your top commanders should go because they are old school and have too too too much baggage. I hope you stick to your word about conducting a national search. We are sick and tired of the drama and the same old recycled people. Do your JOB.

BTW In one of the blogs someone wrote Roberto Hylton and Raphael Hylton should go back to panama and take Obama with them. What a racist remark. Stand by people we are in for a racial storm again. Just what we need. Thanks Baker.
John

Posted by: jadixon55 | December 1, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Teresa chambers as the new chief would be a slap in the face to every Prince Georgian. This woman was a commander in pg county when pg was at its most brutal (70s and 80s). She moved up the ranks and participated in police brutality. If I remember correctly, she sued the pg black officers back in the late 80s. Go figure!! this is now a majority black county. I think she later also sued PG county because she was not selected for chief of police and left to become a police chief down south. I want to say they selected a Black acting chief Hawkins. I would have to do some research to get my dates correct. I also remember an African American female suing Chambers and other commanders for sexual harassment and discrimination. Chambers later sues U.S. Park Police for not getting her way and calls herself a whistle blower. What a pattern!!!!!. Is this what we are looking forward to by the Baker camp? We have seen too much drama here in PG. I am sick of it. Baker if you are not going to let the current Chief finish cleaning house then you should clean house and bring a fresh face not an old school former PG county officer. What message does that send to those heavy-handed cops? While you are at it take out, the other criminal command staff accused of kidnappings, assaults and discrimination. All of your top commanders should go because they are old school and have too too too much baggage. I hope you stick to your word about conducting a national search. We are sick and tired of the drama and the same old recycled people. Do your JOB.
BTW In one of the blogs someone wrote Roberto Hylton and Raphael Hylton should go back to panama and take Obama with them. What a racist remark. Stand by people we are in for a racial storm again. Just what we need. Thanks Baker.
John

Posted by: jadixon55 | December 1, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Recall Glen Ivey (who is absolutely useless), and Rushern Baker (absolutely, positively in bed with developers/property owners). Ivey has not won a conviction in years. Baker is a failure as a politician. It took him 3 tries to garner the Co. Executive spot. Neither of these morons are no good for the residents of PG Co.

Posted by: rkayblock1 | December 1, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I am pissed that Baker is going to fire Chief Hylton.

Everyone is saying he's an embarassment, but not one chief in the past twenty years has tried to rid the Department of corruption like he has. He WANTS to end the corruption.

Now Baker and Ivey think he's not the man for the job? More likely they are upset that he is moving forward with getting rid of officers who are corrupt.

I just don't see that as a bad thing.

Posted by: nailahjordan | December 2, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey , GOOD BYE !!!!!!!!! Rushern Baker, YOU ARE THE MAN.

Posted by: gpl2411 | December 2, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"Why did Ivey have to say anything????"

Exactly, it's not his place, he wasn't elected as the next County Exec.

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

BEEPEE, Ivey didn't have to say anything but I am sure that he probably wanted to as a favor to Baker. Ivey won two consecutive terms as States Attorney for PG County and probably would won had he chosen to run for County Executive, he is very highly respected and as States Attorney he has a ton of experience working hand and hand with the PG County Police. If I am Rashern Baker, one of the first people I would consult when is considering whether or not to retain Cheif Hylton is the current States Attorney. Ivey knows whether or not the Chief Hylton was and is doing a good job because his office has to work hand and hand with the police in order to successfully prosecute the criminal cases brought before him and Ivey is also a close personal friend Baker (they both live in Cheverly) so I imagine he trusts Ivey's opinion and probably asked him to relay this information to the media. The facts may be tough to handle but the corruption happened on Chief Hyltons watch and his boss (Jack Johnson) was just as corrupt as many of his police officers, when you combine that with a vote of no confidence from a trusted friend who was (and still is for a week or two) the States Attorney for PG County you are left with no choice but to replace him.

Nailahjordan, your statement makes absolutely no sense, Ivey is the last person who wants to keep on corrupt officers because they make it nearly impossible for him to put the criminals behind bars…any case that fell under the care of a corrupt officer can essentially dismiss every case/person they have worked on and makes the States Attorney job nearly impossible. Chief Hylton should have never let the corruption go on in the first place, you don’t get credit for something that you should have been doing the whole time especially after they have just found out that large numbers of your officers were corrupt…sorry, game over, do not pass go, etc…bye, bye Hylton and good luck in your future endeavors.

Posted by: rj3743 | December 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Cathy Lanier would clean up PG county. She would go through Prince Georges County police department like a vacuum cleaner. If Vincent Gray does not want to keep Cathy, Prince Georges County would be a great place for her. hint, hint.

Dear Mr. Rushern Baker, please hire Cathy Lanier. She would be an excellent choice.

Posted by: Evangelist | December 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

isn't Baker the godfather of out-going State's Attorney Glenn Ivey's child? It might be the other way round but what is important to note here is that Baker will not stray too far from his associates/collegues/friends and cronies line of "do nothing but get paid" mindset.

Glenn Ivey has been a total disaster himself as far as holding corrupt police accountable. He allowed cops to do what in the heck they wanted to do. All he wanted was a pay check. I don't know where he'll end up, probably some lobbyist like so many, but I pray the names and faces of vicitms will always be there to remind him of how he betrayed the laws he was suppose to abide by and uphold. By all accounts Ivey should be going before a court to answer for collusion!

Posted by: honkytonky1 | December 2, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

All I can say as a (temporary) resident is me too
___________
I am so sick of turning on the news hearing about PG county(the county I live in). I can't wait to move!
The county is caught up in a bad cycle of problems. Crime , school systems suck, corruption, bad cops, high taxes, overpriced housing. Its gone take a miracle to fix all that over the next four years! Baker better have a master plan in place.

Posted by: tiredofpg | December 1, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: keirreva | December 2, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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