Baltimore police to eliminate 2 top-level posts

April 15, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

Police Commissioner Edward V. Woods said yesterday that a continuing reorganization of Baltimore's Police Department will eliminate a division and two top-level positions.

Together with recent shifts that eliminated another top-level job, the new changes will save about $150,000 in salaries, officials said.

Part of a five-year plan, the moves are in keeping with the department's community-oriented policing program intended to "scale down the bureaucracy," Commissioner Woods said.

Being eliminated is the Inspectional Services Division. Maj. Elbert F. Shirey, who heads it, will be transferred to the Northeastern District to replace Maj. John C. Lewandowski, said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman.

Col. Leon N. Tomlin, who will be replaced by Major Lewandowski as head of the Property Division, will move to the Special Operations Division. Col. Joseph P. Newman, that division's current chief, plans to retire at the end of the month to take a position with the state Juvenile Services Administration.

Commissioner Woods said further changes include placing a lieutenant in charge of staff inspections -- answering directly to him -- while the criminal intelligence section will become part of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Eugene Tanzmore was recently promoted to deputy police commissioner in charge of the Patrol Division. He formerly held the rank of colonel while serving as chief of patrol, a job that has been eliminated.

Police colonels are paid approximately $74,900 a year, while majors receive about $67,800. Cutting three top-level positions, with a major taking over a colonel's job, will save the department about $150,000 annually, officials said.

The city Police Department is being restructured in an attempt to bring it closer to the city's neighborhoods and make it more responsive to them.

It is hoped that officers in the city's nine police districts will develop closer working relationships with residents.

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