Charles Edward Samarra

August 14, 1945 ~ March 17, 2020 (age 74)


Charles Edward Samarra, 74, of Marbury, Maryland died on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary, their son, Chad, and brother, Glen Samarra.

Charlie was born on August 14, 1945 in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania. He met the love of his life, Mary, while both were in college.  They married at age 19 and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1967.  There Charlie pursed his life-long passion to become a police officer.  He joined the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department in 1967.  Starting as a foot patrolman, Charlie rose through the ranks to become Assistant Chief of Police in charge of the Investigations Bureau.  During his career he held some of the most prestigious jobs in the department including Internal Affairs, Homicide Branch, Planning and Development, Special Operations, and the Investigations Bureau.  He retired from Metropolitan Police Department in 1990 to become Chief of Police in Alexandria, Virginia, a position he held for 16 years before his retirement in 2006.

While in Alexandria, Chief Samarra was regarded as a visionary and progressive leader, a Cop’s Cop, and a widely respected public safety leader locally and nationally.  His innovative approaches to 21st century technology, training, diversity in hiring and promotions, professional development, crime reduction strategies, community engagement and fiscal accountability are hallmarks of the department’s achievements during his tenure as Chief.

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