Bill Toohey, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention
Bill has worked in public information in Baltimore since 1988, having served as Public Information Director for the city housing department and press secretary for two of Maryland’s US Senators – Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes. He served as the Baltimore County Police Department’s Media Relations Director until January 2010 and then moved on to his current position as Director of Communications for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
He originally came to Baltimore in 1986 to serve as Political Correspondent for radio station WJHU. For 20 years before that, Bill worked in New York radio, holding a number of broadcast jobs, including that of NPR’s New York Bureau Chief and an anchor for the ABC FM Radio network.
Bill’s writings on law enforcement have been published in Police Chief magazine and Subject to Debate, a publication of the Police Executive Research Forum. He has been featured in articles in Law Enforcement Technology magazine, and The Baltimore Sun, and has participated in numerous panel discussions and workshops on media relations and law enforcement. He is a member of the Associate Graduate Faculty at Towson University.
Bill has been named Baltimore’s best public sector PR man – or Best “Flak” – three times: once by Baltimore magazine and twice by the Baltimore City Paper. The most demanding event of his public information career was the Joseph Palczynski hostage incident in March, 2000
As a result of that effort, Bill was given an award for “Excellence in Crisis Communications” by the Baltimore Public Relations Council. He was also honored by the Baltimore County Police Foundation with an award for Distinguished Contribution to the Profession for his performance during the episode.