Tom Mangers retirement - Press Release

Today, Tom Manger announced through a press release that he has decided, after a long 15 years, to retire with full benefits, from the Montgomery County Police Department. During his time with the Montgomery County Police Department, Tom Manger made several accomplishments. He assisted Mr. Richard Leotta, father of slain officer Noah Leotta, in Annapolis with Noah’s law which was passed in 2016. He also worked to improve several police buildings with the new construction of a police headquarters, training academy, as well as the 2nd and 3rd district police stations. He also resurrected the Montgomery County Police Cadet program. 

Tom Manger is an admired political figure in the community. He served on a number of boards and served as the President of the Major Cities Police Chiefs. In an effort to be more transparent with the community and the public at large, Tom Manger collaborated with FOP Lodge 35 to implement a body worn camera program, which was one of the first successfully negotiated programs in the United States. 

Unfortunately, while serving as the Director of the Police Department, Tom Manger was often unwilling to cooperatively work with FOP Lodge 35 to accomplish more. During his tenure, Tom Manger illegally transferred a K-9 officer and tried to prevent him from adopting his K-9 partner, Chip. He allowed the displacement of pregnant officers with no regard to their rights. He allowed officers to be denied much needed leave. 

Moreover, Tom Manger did not have the decency to communicate his retirement to the working police officers of Montgomery County. These officers were notified through today’s media press release.

We wish Tom Manger luck in his future endeavors and look forward to a new Director of the Police Department that is willing to work collaboratively with FOP 35 to protect our communities and our police officers.


FOP Lodge 35

Jae Hwang Endorsement

As president and on behalf of the over 1400 active and retired members of the Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 (FOP), FOP35 Police PAC is pleased to endorse and support Jae Hwang in the 2018 campaign for Montgomery County Sheriff.  

 FOP Lodge 35 appreciates his support of law enforcement officers and labor in Montgomery County.  Jae Hwang believes strongly in the work rights of law enforcement officers.  FOP Lodge 35 believes Jae Hwang’s experience in the United States Military as a JAG Attorney and his time on the Montgomery County Police Department gives him the experience, knowledge and proven leadership abilities essential to lead the Montgomery County Sheriffs office.  

 The men and women of FOP 35 look forward to working with Jae Hwang to ensure our Montgomery County communities continue to receive the finest quality of services to create a safe environment to live, work, and play; and to ensure that police officers and sheriff officers who provide those services receive the necessary pay, benefits, equipment and workplace protections.    

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The Fraternal Order of Police lodge 35 endorses the following candidates for their strong support of public safety:

  • Governor - Larry Hogan

  • County Executive - Marc Elrich

  • County Council District 3 - Sidney Katz

  • County Council District 4 - Nancy Navarro


  • County Council At-Large - Will Jawando

  • County Council At-Large - Gabe Albornoz

  • COMPTROLLER - peter franchot

  • Attorney General - Brian Frosh

  • District 14 - Sen. Craig J. Zucker

  • District 14 - Del. Anne R. Kaiser

  • District 14- Del. Eric G. Luedtke

  • District 15 - Sen. Brian J. Feldman

  • District 15 - Del. Kathleen M. Dumais

  • District 15 - Del. David V. Fraser-Hidalgo

  • District 15 - Lily Qi

  • District 16 - Sen. Susan C. Lee

  • District 17 - Del. Kumar P. Barve


  • District 17- Del. James W. Gilchrist

  • District 18 - Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher

  • District 19 - Sen. Benjamin F. Kramer 

  • District 19 - Del. Bonnie L. Cullison

  • District 20 - Sen. Will Smith

  • District 39 - Sen. Nancy J. King

  • District 39 - Del. Kirill Reznik



Where are the training funds going?

From October 2015 to October 2017, the police department has spent $561,620 on police training.  Of those funds, FOP unit members (1238 eligible) have used $256,053; police management (61 eligible) have used $153,284; and non-sworn personnel (810 eligible) have used $152,282. If you break these numbers down, that is $206 per FOP member, $2,512 per police manager, and $189 per non-sworn personnel. 

The chart below is an example of where police management funds are going.  Recently, a training committee (consisting of 4 assistant chiefs) approved police management (shown below) to attend high priced trainings. Meanwhile, FOP members were denied the same training due to a “lack of funds”.  If you look closely at the diagram below, you will see how each training links back to Tom Manger.  He is currently the president of Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and vice president of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Within the past three years, police management has spent $93,910 to attend conferences and trainings at MCCA and PERF.  Luther Reynolds alone attended 6 of these conferences and trainings, costing the County $9,482.  This does not include his scholarship as a class leader to attend PERF ($9,300 value). Training opportunities need to be fair to all, not just a select few.


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