Veteran police commander retiring as probe of promotions test continues

April 18, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A veteran Baltimore police major who once commanded the homicide unit is retiring from the force, effective June 1, amid an investigation into leaked test answers on a promotional exam.

Col. Steven A. Crumrine, chief of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, confirmed the move yesterday and said Maj. Goldie S. Phillips Jr., a 24-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave until he retires.

Police officials would not comment further, citing the still open investigation, which includes a Southern District officer who is accused of receiving leaked answers.

Crumrine said he did not know why Phillips decided to retire. "He didn't say," the colonel said.

Phillips, who has declined to comment and could not be reached yesterday, was removed in February from his command of the Crimes Against Persons section, which includes the homicide unit, and transferred to the property section.

Sources familiar with the investigation have said Phillips allegedly leaked test answers to an officer from the Southern District, where Phillips worked before he was promoted. The test was taken by officers who wanted to transfer to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

A permanent replacement for Phillips as head of the Crimes Against Persons section has not been named. Homicide Lt. Timothy G. Keel is acting commander.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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