Charles A. Moose, the police chief of suburban Montgomery County, Md., who became the public face of the Washington area sniper manhunt last fall, will quit in a dispute over his plans to write a book about the case.
The Washington Post says the resignation may settle a battle with county ethics officials over Moose’s attempts to capitalize on the celebrity status he gained through numerous televised news briefings during the sniper violence. The shootings killed 10 people, wounded three and spread fear over the Washington area.
In January, Moose signed a book contract with a New York publisher and struck a deal with a Hollywood production company to consult on a television movie. The Post says that the day after his June 28 resignation, Moose will be paid about $20,000 to address a conference of the Building Owners and Managers Association International in San Francisco.
To supporters, Moose’s departure is a bitter conclusion to a four-year tenure that included initiatives on such issues as pedestrian safety and racial profiling. “He stepped up to the plate at one of the most critical times and provided calm and authority,” said Montgomery County Council member Howard A. Denis, a Republican.