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Ten police officers promoted Friday are the most officers the Anne Arundel County Police Department has moved up to management positions in at least eight years.
In a short ceremony at the Western District station in Odenton, each officer received a new badge, a new assignment and listened to a short speech by Chief George W. Wellham praising them for their years of service.
Police spokesman Joe Bisesi said it is unusual to have 10 promotions in one year; he said normally there are two or three.
Eight police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant. One sergeant was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. One lieutenant was promoted to captain.
In his address, Wellham praised County Executive O. James Lighthizer, who chose him for the top position two years ago. He mentioned that in the past two years, 80 new officers were hired, new and modern cars were bought and overall professionalism in the department improved.
"This did not come about without (Lighthizer's) approval," Wellham said.
"I tell you we have the most modern police department in the state. We couldn't do that without the county executive being in the forefront."
Lighthizer said that when he became county executive in 1982, he found a department in need of reform.
"I was told there had not been a promotion in two years," he said. "I don't think they had bought a cop car in two years. Those were the indications of negligence we encountered."
The county executive stressed to the promoted officers that they are now in management positions.
"You are now a part of the management team," he said. "That's different then being one of the boys or one of the troops."
The following officers were promoted Friday:
*To Captain: Patrick Thomas Shanahan, who had been the administrative assistant to the chief of police for three years. He is a 17-year veteran of the department.
*To Lieutenant: James Michael Snow, who had been in charge of the vice and intelligence unit for four years. He is an 18-year veteran of the department.
The remaining eight officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant:
*Donald Clifford Lee, who had been assigned to the robbery unit as a detective for 10 years. He is a 18-year veteran of the department.
*Raymond Paul Whittenberger, who had been assigned to the traffic safety section for 14 years. He is a 18-year veteran of the department.
*Paul Richard Tabor, who had been assigned to the patrol division. He is a 13-year veteran of the department.
*Bryan Lee Heger, who had been assigned to the patrol division for all of his 13 years with the department.
*Donald Russell Leslie Jr., who had been assigned to the burglary division for five years. He is an 11-year veteran of the police department.
*Ronald Stewart Bateman, who had been assigned to the homicide unit for four years. He is a 10-year veteran of the department.
*Harry Charles Mounts Jr., who had been assigned to the narcotics division for five years. He is a 10-year veteran of the department.
*George Edward Halpin, who had been assigned to the patrol division for eight years. He is an eight-year veteran of the department.