Police commissioner continues shake-up of city department

March 15, 2000|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's police commissioner continued to build his department yesterday through a series of shake-ups that include promotions, transfers and the appointments of two outsiders to run key areas of the force.

The promotions announced by Commissioner Ronald L. Daniel were his first since taking over the 3,200-member department in January. They help fill out the force's middle management in the wake of recent retirements.

Daniel also shuffled some of his district commanders.

"We need to have a management team in place that can move our mission forward, and our mission is to reduce crime," Daniel told a packed gathering of officers and their families.

Among the moves, Maj. Zeinab Rabold goes from the Northwestern district to the Southeastern district; Maj. George Klein from the Southeastern district to the Southwestern district; Maj. John L. Bergbower from the Southwestern district to running a warrant squad in headquarters; and Maj. John McEntee from head of the tactical section to the Northwestern district.

Daniel has made significant changes since he took over in January, from the removal of all but one of the colonels to altering the structure of the force.

He has two outsiders, a former top commander from the New York Police Department, Edward T. Norris, and former city officer Richard Rieman, a lawyer, as his deputy commissioners.

Yesterday, Daniel picked another outsider, Daniel S. O'Connor, 47, to head the department's Human Resources Bureau, which is responsible for the hiring and firing of officers.

O'Connor was executive vice president of human resources for Cliffstar Corp. in Dunkirk, N.Y., the leading private-label juice company in the United States. He held a similar job in the early 1990s at American Can Co. in Baltimore.

O'Connor, who has a law degree, was appointed to the rank of colonel, which Daniel has the power to bestow on anyone he chooses, even civilians.

Also chosen is Stanford O. Franklin, 42, a retired 24-year veteran of the Maryland State Police who will be given the rank of major and will run the police academy.

Among those promoted was Barry W. Powell, a 28-year veteran of the force who will be in charge of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, which oversees detectives handling everything from burglaries to homicides.

Promoted to the rank of major are Robert M. Stanton, who will run homicide; Jesse B. Oden, who will oversee detectives on the west side; and Russell N. Shea Jr., who will head the tactical section.

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