February 6, 2019

Montgomery County Police Chief Manger to Retire

J. Thomas Manger, Police Chief
On the anniversary of his swearing-in, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced Wednesday, Jan. 30, that he will retire in April after 15 years of service in Montgomery County, the culmination of 42 years as a police officer.

Manger, the 16th police chief in the 97-year history of the Montgomery County Police Department, was sworn in on Jan. 30, 2004. He is the second longest-serving police chief behind James S. McAuliffe, who served from 1955 until 1971.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Manger began his law enforcement career in 1976 as a “summer cop” in Ocean City, Maryland. On Jan. 3, 1977, he was sworn in as a Fairfax County, Virginia police officer. He rose through the ranks and was the chief of police in Fairfax County from 1998 to 2004. In 1993, he was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor.

Washingtonian magazine recently recognized Manger as one of its 2018 Washingtonians of the Year. He recently completed four years as the president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, elected by his peers from the nation’s largest police departments.

Throughout his career in Montgomery County, Manger received several national awards, including the 2007 Law Enforcement Award from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the 2016 Gorowitz Institute Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the 2017 Keeper of the Dream award from the National Immigration Forum and the 2018 FBI National Executive Institute Penwith Award. Manger was also inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame in 2012.


  1. I've met Chief Manger a couple of times at law enforcement officer line of duty death funerals. He's a normal human, and not the type woh either expects or demands special privileges because he's the chief. We've been extremely fortunate to have gotten him as chief. He brings honor and humility, as well as a unique sense of duty. THANK YOU CHIEF!

  2. Prior to Manger's selection I advocated for choosing a Chief from the Montgomery police force. I still feel that way from the standpoint of it's positive effect on our police force to know that they are a quality group from whom a Chief can be chosen. However, I also feel that Manger has been a super Chief & if cloning were possible, that would be the way to go.


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