P.G. planning chief to lead natural resources police

June 03, 1994|By From Staff Reports

John W. Rhoads Sr. will take over as superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police July 5, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Torrey C. Brown said yesterday.

Mr. Rhoads, 58, is chairman of the Prince George's County Planning Board and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Bowie resident was Prince George's County police chief from 1975 to 1979 and has had 22 years of law enforcement experience.

He will replace Col. Franklin I. Wood, who announced his retirement May 25 amid complaints of racial bias and sexual harassment on the 223-member force.

Dr. Brown announced last week that a state police investigation of those allegations did not turn up any evidence to substantiate the charges. The conclusion was challenged by Elliott Andalman, a lawyer for officers who made the complaints.

The Black Officers' Association and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Baltimore in February, alleging that senior Natural Resources police officials discriminated against black officers.

Mr. Andalman said at least 14 more complaints are pending before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging discrimination against women or blacks.

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