On June 8, 2021 Mayor Brown appointed Acting Chief of Police Kevin Grunwell as Chief of Police, receiving unanimous Council approval.
Chief Grunwell joined the Brunswick Police Department as Captain in March of 2021, and was appointed as Acting Chief shortly thereafter following the untimely passing of Chief Milt Frech.
Chief Grunwell grew up in Frederick County and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the DEA Drug Commander’s Academy. Grunwell worked for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), retiring after 22 years of service. During his time with FCSO, he served as Commander for 11 years (Lieutenant); Special Assignment Commander for nine years – Narcotics and SWAT; Assistant Patrol Commander for one and a half years – Patrol teams, K9, SWAT, Traffic, Pro Active Criminal Enforcement Unity, and Community Deputy Program. He was also a Support Services Commander – Training Services, Community Services and Building Security.
Chief Grunwell states his goal is to continue the great work that Chief Frech has done in Brunswick, concentrating on Community Policing. He plans to continue to work with his Officers and the community to solve problems and utilize the resources provided by the City of Brunswick and Frederick County to get people the assistance they need.
Mayor Brown stated “We are very pleased to have Kevin on board as our Chief of Police. He was recruited to Brunswick by former Chief Milt Frech, and we are honored that Kevin would want to continue the legacy that Milt began. Chief Grunwell’s credentials are quite impressive and the Council is very confident in our choice to appoint him as Chief of Police for Brunswick.”