Weinhold to join Frazier at Justice Department

Patrol officer rose to be police spokesman

February 09, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

Robert W. Weinhold Jr., the Baltimore Police Department's public affairs director, will resign Friday to take a job as chief of staff of the Office of Community Orientated Policing Services at the U.S. Justice Department, which is headed by his former boss, Thomas C. Frazier.

Weinhold began his career as a patrol officer in 1987 and won decorations for his work, including a bronze star for bravery and a distinguished service award.

In 1994, he became a department spokesman under Sam Ringgold, the public affairs director. Frazier promoted him to director in 1997.

"Rob has served this agency well," said Police Commissioner Ronald L. Daniel. "He was a quick study who grew into the [director's] position very quickly."

Daniel said Maj. Michael Bass will be acting public affairs director while he searches for a permanent replacement. The public affairs director is responsible for dealing with the media, the department's marketing strategy, communication tasks and advising the commissioner on public policy.

Weinhold will begin his federal job in Washington on Monday. "I am honored to have been appointed, and I am looking forward to the next step in my professional career," he said yesterday.

As the COPS program chief of staff, Weinhold will assist law enforcement agencies across the na- tion in developing community policing goals and strategies.

Police colleagues showered him with praise yesterday. "I owe much of what I know about public affairs to Rob, and as much as he will be missed by the Baltimore Police Department, it is the COPS office's good fortune to have someone of his character," said police spokeswoman Agent Ragina L. Cooper.

Weinhold won a Telley award in 1996 for producing a cable television series entitled "Behind the Badge." He said he will never forget his career with the Police Department.

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