Councilman James Benoit asked Anne Arundel County's new county executive, Laura Newman, to investigate complaints that Police Chief Larry Tolliver demoted officers who testified against former County Executive John Leopold, who resigned in February following conviction on two counts of misconduct. Leopold appointed Tolliver last summer.
Neuman issued a statement saying steps are being taken to investigate and resolve the issue. A county police spokesman told The Capital of Annapolis newspaper that Tolliver has made a number of reassignments to improve the agency, and denied they were retaliatory or punitive.
Benoit said the complaints also included allegations of homophobic slurs by the police chief, which the spokesman also denied. Leopold spent 30 days in prison earlier this year after being convicted of using staff for campaign work, and making a different staff member empty his catheter bag following back surgery.