Maryland Police Chief Gets Fired by Mayor, Had Poor Relationship with Community

Annapolis Police Chief Scott Baker

The police chief in Maryland's capital has been fired after less than two years on the job.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said he was firing Annapolis Police Chief Scott Baker, citing poor relationships with residents in high-crime areas.

Baker will leave March 20, after an 18 month stint as police chief.

Buckley asserts that the department's progress on paper hasn't yielded positive community feedback. He also cited incidents involving potential police misconduct and Baker's defense of a potentially illegal department practice seeking personal information of public housing residents.

Poor police relationships with residents in high-crime areas is also a reason for Baker's firing, The Washington Post reports.

In a statement Buckley said:

"I want to see a change in the direction and culture of the city’s police department."

City Manager Teresa Sutherland informed Baker of his firing. Upon the announcement Baker subsequently went on vacation and didn't immediately respond to outlets' requests for comment.