Rockville City Manager Robert DiSpirito made two key hires this week, announcing the City has hired a new police chief and planning director.
DiSpirito announced that the City has hired Victor Brito to be its new police chief, replacing Bob Rappaport who served as acting police chief since the City’s previous police chief, Terry Treschuk, retired in April of 2016.
Brito, who has worked in law enforcement for 27 years, most recently served as Hagerstown’s police chief prior to accepting the same title in Rockville. Brito will begin duty as Rockville’s next police chief on June 18.
“I’m proud and honored to be part of the Rockville City Police Department and its commitment to community policing,” said Brito in a statement. “I love what I do and I am humbled and terribly excited to lead the fine men and women of Rockville’s police force.”
Brito’s selection as police chief ends a roughly two-year nationwide search which was one of the first tasks that DiSpirito assumed when he was hired as City Manager in November 2016.
“I am eager to introduce Victor Brito as the City of Rockville’s police chief,” DiSpirito said in a statement. “His law enforcement experience, leadership skills and ability to relate to citizens and employees alike make him a strong choice to guide our police department forward in its commitment to community policing.”
In addition to hiring a new police chief, DiSpirito also announced Wednesday that the City hired Ricky Barker to be the City’s new director of Department of Community Planning and Development Services.
Barker most recently worked as planning and zoning director for Loudoun County, and will begin work for the City on June 25. Barker has worked in planning for 20 years, serving planning director in Henrico and Stafford counties in Virginia and Cary, North Carolina.
“I look forward to serving and engaging the community with a talented city staff who can implement the vision and goals of the Mayor and Council,” Barker said in a statement. “Rockville is one of the best places to live in the country and the best place to live in Maryland, and I hope to contribute to the city’s continuing success.”
Barker will be replacing Chief of Zoning Jim Wasilak, who has served as acting planning director.