The town of Ocean City, Maryland has named a 28-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department as its new chief of police.
Lt. Col. Ross Buzzuro beat out several candidates, including some from within the Ocean City Police Department. He will begin his new job on July 2.
“I am honored to serve the residents and visitors of Ocean City as Chief of Police,” Buzzuro said in a statement. “As Chief, I understand a key component of public safety is partnering with the community and understanding the dynamic Ocean City’s unique environment. I look forward to accomplishing public safety through teamwork, professionalism, and discipline of the fine men and women who serve the Ocean City Police Department.”
Buzzuro replaces former Chief Bernadette DiPino, a 25-year veteran of the force who left the post in January to take a job as chief of police in Florida.
Buzzuro will have a starting salary of $132,500.
“Chief Buzzuro’s knowledge, experience and leadership stood out,” said Mayor Rick Meehan in a prepared statement. “I am confident he will be a great asset to the citizens in the community, the members of the Ocean City Police Department, as well as the future of Ocean City.”
Buzzuro began his police career as a cadet in Baltimore City in 1985. He graduated from Dulaney High School in Baltimore County earlier in that same year.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Management from John Hopkins University.