84 security officials apply for police post Schmoke to select commissioner BALTIMORE CITY

September 30, 1993|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,Staff Writer

Eighty-four public safety officials -- including 17 police chiefs -- have applied to be Baltimore's new police commissioner.

The city has also received resumes from a "significant number" of high-ranking police officials in large cities, Hubert Williams, the head of the mayoral search committee, said yesterday. Several members of the Baltimore City Police Department have also applied for the job, he said.

The deadline for applying for the position to succeed Police Commissioner Edward V. Woods was last Friday. Mr. Woods is retiring Nov. 1.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has asked the eight-member search committee to provide him with no more than five candidates for police commissioner. The mayor will make the final selection.

Mr. Williams, who has promised to reveal the names of the final candidates, declined yesterday to divulge the names of the initial applicants or to comment on speculation as to who they might be.

"I don't see anything constructive coming out of comments about speculation," said Mr. Williams, a Baltimore resident and head of the nonprofit, Washington-based Police Foundation who has participated in the search for top police officers in several cities.

Mr. Williams said committee members would individually review each of the 84 resumes. The committee will hold two meetings, on Oct. 11 and 21, to "separate who the serious candidates are" and decide which of them to call in for interviews.

"From my experience, I would be surprised if we would have more than two dozen serious candidates. But each case is different," he said.

On Monday, City Councilman Martin O'Malley, D-3rd, introduced a resolution calling on the mayor to raise the salary of the police commissioner from $91,400 to $120,000 and asking that the position be advertised for several more weeks. The resolution was co-sponsored by seven other council members but has not been put to a vote.

Mr. Schmoke said yesterday that he was perplexed by the resolution. "Most of the City Council members were aware that I had already said that if the salary appeared to be an impediment, I was willing to increase the salary," he said.

Mr. Williams said flexibility in salary would increase the likelihood that the city could get the candidate it wanted, but said he did not feel it was necessary to readvertise the position at a higher rate.

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