Spokesman likely to leave city police Ringgold negotiating with two companies

February 18, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Baltimore Police Department's chief spokesman for the past five years confirmed yesterday that he is close to accepting a job in the private sector and might leave within a month.

Sam Ringgold, a former reporter for WMAR-TV (Channel 2), would say only that he is negotiating with two companies and that Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier is aware of the job offers. Ringgold earns $65,000 a year.

Ringgold, hired in March 1992, served as a voice for the department during the waning days of Commissioner Edward V. Woods as the former chief endured pressure to resign because of the city's escalating homicide rate and charges that the department was corrupt and inept.

For the past three years, the spokesman has worked for Frazier, hired from California to revamp the department. Ringgold, who is black, denied he was leaving because of a recent uproar over race in the department, which has sparked cries from a City Council member for the chief's resignation.

"I have enjoyed the last five years, especially the last three under Commissioner Frazier," Ringgold said. "It's time to explore other possibilities. It's an extremely stressful position."

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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