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Commander Don Johnson Retiring After 29 Years

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 5, 2014

Montgomery County Police Captain Don Johnson, the 3rd District Commander, is retiring after 29 years with the Department. Recently, members of the Montgomery County Police- Public Information Office talked with Captain Johnson about his career and his retirement plans.

Don Johnson was hired by the Montgomery County Police Department in 1985. "Don Johnson" was already a household name due to the popularity of the television show, Miami Vice, starring the actor with the same name. This link to pop culture and policing still brings questions and jokes about his name today, but Captain Don Johnson has earned his excellent reputation.

Captain Johnson was a late addition to Session 15, which began in February of 1985. Johnson believed that he had to always work harder to prove himself. His commitment to a higher standard would change his life and shape the future of Montgomery County Police leadership.

Promoted to Captain in 2007, Johnson was immediately selected by Chief Manger to run what is arguably the busiest and most complex police district in Montgomery County- the 3rd District Station in Silver Spring. Normally, newly promoted captains are not assigned as district commanders, but Johnson’s outstanding accomplishments and talents were recognized by Chief Manger.  Johnson must have done something right, as the Chief continued to hold him in that position for the last seven years. Johnson did leave his place as Commander to become acting assistant chief for six months during 2012 and 2013.

When asked how he manages his time of being a husband, a father to six children, and a district commander, Commander Johnson said, “I’ve been blessed with the best wife and family anyone could ever have.”

June 10 is slated to be Don Johnson’s last day. From here he moves on to pursue another one of his passions- fishing. For years he has “captained” a fishing boat on the Chesapeake Bay during his free time, but now he will do this full-time. That’s right, he’ll still be a captain.  He won't be working the streets of Silver Spring anymore, but will be fishing the waters of the Chesapeake.


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Release ID: 14-173
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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