Assistant Chief Russell (Russ) E. Hamill has been a member of the Montgomery County Police Department since 1986. He served for three years as a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff before joining the department. After graduating from the Public Safety Training Academy, he was assigned to the 1st District as a patrol officer where he was also assigned to the Lincoln Park Community Policing Team (the department's first effort at community policing), and then the Special Assignment Team. He was then assigned to the Special Investigations Division as a detective in the Drug Investigations Unit.
In November of 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned as the Administrative Sergeant for the Investigative Services Bureau, as well as the Auto Theft Section, and the Pawn Unit. He was then assigned to the Special Investigations Division as the Operational Support Section Supervisor. He served as the Sergeant for the Police Community Action Team (PCAT), in the 5th and 2nd Districts as a shift Sergeant, in the Office of the Chief as the Administrative Sergeant, and finally in the Public Safety Training Academy as the Training Development/Critical Skills Supervisor.
In November of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 1st District. Subsequently, he was assigned as the Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Division.
In November of 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and appointed as the Director of the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2006, he successfully completed the Maryland Leadership Challenge program and graduated from the FBI National Academy. In August of 2007, he assumed command of the 2nd District.
Assistant Chief Hamill is a life-long resident of Montgomery County. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University. He is married and has five children.