Join host Christopher Dreisbach for a conversation with Chief Robert McCullough, chief of police for Baltimore County on Leading in Turbulent Times.

A 35-year veteran of the department, McCullough is the first African-American leader of Baltimore County Police Department, the nation’s 21st largest police agency.

McCullough will rejoin the department after retiring as a Colonel and Operations Bureau Chief in 2021. Over his 35-year career, McCullough, who started as a cadet at the age of 18, and became a patrol officer in the North Point Precinct upon graduating from the police academy, has served in a number of senior leadership roles, including Bureau Chief of Criminal Investigations, Eastern Patrol Division Commander, Captain of the Wilkens Precinct, and the department’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Commander. During the COVID-19 pandemic, McCullough managed contact tracing for the entire agency and served as the liaison to the Health Commissioner.

A Baltimore County resident for over 30 years, McCullough has received education through Johns Hopkins University’s Police Executive Leadership Program, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command, and the Senior Management Institute for Police, through the Police Executive Research Forum. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University.

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