On April 9, 2018, Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Luther Reynolds will complete his last tour of duty after 29 years of service with the Montgomery County Police Department. He will become the City of Charleston (South Carolina) Police Department’s new Police Chief on April 16.
Assistant Chief Reynolds grew up in Gaithersburg and attended Seneca Valley High School. Upon graduating from Florida State University in 1988, Luther Reynolds was hired by the Department as a civilian employee handling budgets and planning and policy issues. He entered the police academy in August of 1989.
His first assignment was as a patrol officer in the 5th Police District, which at that time combined coverage of both the Gaithersburg and Germantown areas. Reynolds rose through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain/Commander, to Assistant Chief.
Through the years, he has served in many positions to include Deputy Director of the 4th District, Commander of the 2nd District and 5th District, Director of the Personnel Division, Director of the Training and Education Division, and Director of the Special Operations Division. Since his appointment to an Assistant Chief in 2013, he has served as Chief of two bureaus: the Management Services Bureau and currently the Patrol Services Bureau.
Chief Tom Manger, commenting on Assistant Chief Reynolds’ retirement and future endeavor, said, “Charleston is getting one phenomenal police chief! Chief Luther Reynolds has served Montgomery County with a commitment that is unsurpassed. His genuine care for the public and for his troops has made him an outstanding leader. He will remain a leading voice for our Nation’s law enforcement.”
“Montgomery County has been very good to me and my family. We love the diversity, the proximity to D.C., the collaborative nature of government, and the strong support of policing and public safety. This is a highly educated community filled with lots of very good people and leaders,” said Reynolds. “I leave with the greatest respect for the men and women of the Montgomery County Police Department. It has truly been an honor and pleasure to serve with them. Chief Manger is an amazing man of much wisdom with regards to leadership and policing, as is Ike Leggett, our County Executive.”
Assistant Chief Reynolds has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as the FBI’s National Executive Institute. He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Senior Management Institute for Policing, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
Assistant Chief Reynolds, his wife Caroline, and their 21-year-old son Luke and 18-year-old daughter Grace have lived in Gaithersburg.
The Police Department is indebted to Chief Reynolds for his 29 years of dedicated service both to the Department and to the community, and we wish him great success as the Chief of the City of Charleston Police Department.