New police commander named to Southwestern District station

October 22, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's police chief plans to announce several promotions today, including a new commander to head the Southwestern District station, replacing a 29-year veteran who is being transferred to the drug enforcement section.

Maj. Gary M. Lembach is the last of the nine district commanders inherited by police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier in 1994. A formal ceremony is scheduled for today at police headquarters.

Promoted from lieutenant to major will be John L. Bergbower, assigned to planning and research, who will take over command of the southwestern station house. Lembach was in Pennsylvania yesterday training for his new assignment and could not be reached for comment.

Lembach's reassignment is regarded as routine because Frazier has said he wanted to rotate district commanders every three or four years. Lembach had served in his post for about three years.

Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said the other promotion to major will be Diane K. Dutton, who is assigned to the personnel division and will become its new commander. The former head, Lt. Col. Marcellus Boles, is attending a Johns Hopkins leadership course.

The former head of the drug enforcement section, Maj. Eugene T. Yeager, will become chief of the Violent Crimes Task Force, which investigates nonfatal shootings. It is the first time a major has been put in charge of that unit. In the past, it had been headed by lieutenants.

In other promotions, Sgts. Craig Meier and Darnell C. Brock will be promoted to lieutenant. Promoted to sergeant are Officers Johnny Delgatto, John T. Broaddus Jr., John T. McCoy III and Gary Klado.

Pub Date: 10/22/97

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