After a nine-month search, Takoma Park City Manager Suzanne Ludlow on Tuesday announced Montgomery County Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul as her choice to lead the city’s police department.
“We’re thrilled with the new police chief,” Mayor Kate Stewart said. “We went through a process since last spring to select a chief and the one we selected accepted the job.”
Stewart said the search began when Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg resigned on March 10 for personal reasons. She explained the process included numerous council resolutions, meetings with stakeholders, and opportunities for residents to provide input.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected as the next police chief of Takoma Park,” DeVaul said. “What attracted me to accept the position were the city’s inclusiveness as a community.”
DeVaul has been with the Montgomery County Park Police since he began his career as an officer in 1993. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2015, and holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University, where he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership.
DeVaul, who grew up in Takoma Park, said one of his main priorities when he begins in January would be to make connections and build relationships with other law enforcement agencies in the region and with major community stakeholders.
“I also hope to expand the homework club. Currently it’s only [held] once a week. I’ll try to make it twice a week,” he added.
DeVaul starts his new position on Jan. 2.