Anne Arundel County Police Chief Robert A. Beck promoted seven police officers and four corporals to sergeant yesterday, filling the last of the positions left without permanent appointments since last fall because of a dispute over the promotions exam.
With 11 new permanent sergeants, some of whom had been acting sergeants, no vacancies exist at that rank, said Sgt. Jeff Kelly, a department spokesman.
Two sergeants who had been serving as acting lieutenants also were promoted permanently in the ceremony at Snyders Willow Grove in Linthicum, leaving two lieutenant positions without permanent appointments.
"I think it adds to the stability that is lacking when you have long-term acting people in a position," Beck said of the appointments. "If you [hold a position] today, but you might lose it tomorrow, you might not pursue it as aggressively."
Six sergeant promotions were made in June after a county circuit judge reversed a county personnel board ruling that the testing process for the sergeant exam, administered in March 1995, had been tainted.
Last October, the board ordered the department to throw out a promotions list based on the exam because a lieutenant had charged officers for a preparatory course. The department appealed and won a reversal in June, clearing the way for the promotions.
"There is certainly a sense of accomplishment to finally being able to fill those long-term vacant positions that were being held up by the dispute," Beck said. The officers promoted to sergeant are: Jonathan R. Church, Northern District; Patrick J. Riordan, Southern District; Thomas J. Wilson, narcotics; Jeffrey A. Price, moving from the D.A.R.E. (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education) program to the Northern District; Randall R. Jones, Western District; Norman E. Milligan III, criminal investigations division; and Michael C. Richardson, moving from the Northern to the Western District.
The corporals promoted to sergeant are: William L. Corbett, moving from narcotics to the Southern District; Conrad P. Herold, Eastern District; Thomas R. Jones, Western District; and Timothy A. Dailey, moving from the criminal investigation division to the Northern District.
Sgts. Paul R. Tabor, Northern District, and John R. Jaschik, Western District, were promoted to lieutenant.
Pub Date: 9/05/96