September 2021

Thomas Leone Named UMB Chief of Police

September 21, 2021    |  

In a letter to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community on Tuesday, Sept. 21, UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, and Senior Vice President and Chief Business and Finance Officer Dawn M. Rhodes, DBA, announced the selection of Thomas Leone, MSL, as the next chief of the UMB Police Department.

Dear UMB Community,

We are pleased to announce that after an extensive national search, Thomas Leone, MSL, has been named chief of the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department (UMBPD).

Most recently serving as interim chief, Chief Leone joined UMBPD in 2016 after a 20-year career with the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff’s Office. He holds a Master of Science degree in Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. In 2021, he received honorable mention in the leadership category of the UMB Presidential Core Values Awards.

Thomas Leone, MS

Thomas Leone, MS

Under Chief Leone’s leadership, UMBPD:

Chief Leone is committed to UMB’s core values and understands how a grounding in values helps UMBPD remain a leader in progressive, community-oriented policing. He leads with compassion, empathy, and integrity, and holds every officer to the highest standards. Over the past year, our country has renewed the dialogue about the role of police in our communities. Chief Leone continues to be engaged in those conversations and is committed to serving the community. He will continue to report to Dawn Rhodes, DBA, senior vice president and chief business and finance officer.

We want to thank those who participated in the search process and provided important feedback that guided this decision

Please join us in congratulating Chief Leone on his new role at UMB.


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

Dawn M. Rhodes, DBA
Senior Vice President and Chief Business and Finance Officer