Norris shakes up top police jobs as deputy chief leaves

January 25, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris again shook up the top ranks of his department yesterday, moving several commanders to new positions and promoting a lieutenant to major, police officials said.

Norris and his top commanders had been planning to make several changes in the wake of the retirement of Bert F. Shirey, deputy commissioner of administration.

Last week, Norris promoted Col. Kenneth Blackwell, who headed the patrol divisions, to Shirey's job. He also promoted Lt. Col. John McEntee, who oversaw the Northwestern District, to colonel to replace Blackwell.

In the changes yesterday, Norris promoted Lt. Scott Williams of the homicide unit to major to take charge of the Northern District.

Northern's commander, Maj. Robert F. Biemiller, will take over the special operations division. Maj. Donald Healy was moved from special operations to command of the Northeastern District.

Maj. Michael Tomczak, commander at Northeastern, will be assigned to the planning and research unit. Its head, Maj. Michael D. Bass, is transferring to the Mid-Atlantic Region Community Policing Institute.

Lt. Col. Odis L. Sistrunk, who led the special investigation units, is taking over the Northwestern District.

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