Frazier abolishes 3 deputy jobs

June 01, 1994|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,Staff Writer Staff writer JoAnna Daemmrich contributed to this article.

Continuing his top-to-bottom reorganization of the Baltimore Police Department, Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier announced today that he is abolishing the positions of the department's three deputy commissioners.

The commissioner also said the department eventually would be abolishing two other ranks through attrition -- those of lieutenant colonel and captain. The department has one lieutenant colonel and 12 captains.

Mr. Frazier told a morning news conference that the moves are needed to improve efficiency and communication in the department.

"It has been recognized that the department was top-heavy bureaucratically," he said. "My objective is to get me closer to the department, and the department closer to the community."

The three deputy commissioners -- Michael C. Zotos of the Human Resources/Services Bureau; Eugene Tanzymore, Jr. of the Neighborhood Patrol Bureau and Melvin C. McQuay of the Operations Support Bureau -- will retire June 30, Mr. Frazier said. They will not be replaced, he said.

The three have served in the Baltimore Police Department for a total of nearly 100 years, Mr. Frazier said.

"I'd like to commend the deputies for their years of service to the department and the citizens of Baltimore," Mr. Frazier said.

Today's changes are the most recent in a series of sweeping organizational reforms Mr. Frazier has put into effect since taking over as commissioner in January.

During that time, Mr. Frazier has given the department's nine district commanders authority over their budgets and troops for the first time; promoted five commanders to high-ranking posts; and announced a controversial rotation policy designed to open up choice assignments to younger officers, racial minorities and women.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke told a community meeting yesterday that the changes were being made to make the city safer. "We're going through a full reorganization of the police department now, and that is moving along well," the mayor said. "We hope that has an impact on reducing crime.

"I know that crime and the fear of crime are on so many people's minds, and I just want to say that we're working as hard as we can. We're going to try to be as innovative and creative as the crooks out there."

Mr. Frazier said today that getting rid of his three deputies would save about $300,000 in salaries, benefits and support personnel -- enough to pay for "nine or 10" foot patrolmen.

Finances were not behind the move, he said. "It's not a dollars and sense issue," he said. "It's in the sense of improved communication."

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