Norris promotes 17 commanders

Moves in top ranks win praise from police union, Vanguard Justice Society

July 10, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris shook up the highest ranks of his department yesterday, promoting 17 commanders and shifting two others to new jobs.

Norris, who declined to be interviewed, issued a statement saying that he "periodically reviews the command structure, looks at the big picture - crime and other factors - and makes changes accordingly."

The promotions will take effect in coming days, officials said.

Col. John McEntee, who heads the patrol division, will become deputy commissioner of operations and will oversee the day-to-day running of the department's crime-fighting strategies.

A 29-year veteran, McEntee has risen quickly - from commander of the Northwest District to his new assignment in less than a year.

McEntee said the promotions will refocus the department on reducing crime.

"We need cops to concentrate on police work," he said.

Maj. Robert F. Biemiller, head of the tactical units, was promoted to colonel and will replace McEntee as head of patrol.

Sean R. Malone, head of the department's legal affairs unit, was made chief of the professional standards division.

Maj. Edward C. Jackson was promoted to colonel and will continue to lead the community affairs unit.

The promotions earned praise from the city police union and the Vanguard Justice Society, an advocacy group for black officers.

Gary McLhinney, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said it appeared Norris was putting his "own team" into place. "These are very good people being promoted," McLhinney said. "The department will continue to move forward."

Sgt. Richard A. Hite Jr., president of Vanguard, said he felt "the proper moves were made."

Among other changes, four majors were promoted to lieutenant colonel:

Zeinab A. Rabold, commander of the Southeastern District, will become a night duty officer; Errol L. Dutton will continue to lead the inspections division; George Mitchell will take over internal affairs; and Kathleen T. Patek will remain deputy chief of patrol.

Eight lieutenants were promoted to major:

Marcus L. Brown will head the special operations units; Deborah A. Owens will continue to oversee detectives in the criminal investigation division; Frederick H. Taber will head the special investigations units; Regis L. Phelan will work in human resources; John E. Long will lead the Southeastern District; Frederick H. Bealefeld will head the narcotics units; Anthony E. Barksdale will lead the mobile enforcement teams and units that focus on gun crimes; and Glenn D. Williams will head the central records division.

Michael J. Andrew, the department's last captain, was promoted to major and will be assigned to the criminal investigation division. Several weeks ago, the department promoted its other remaining captain, Gary P. D'Addario, to major. D'Addario commands the Northeastern District.

Maj. Elfago Moye, commander of the Eastern District, was transferred to the criminal investigation division and will be replaced by Maj. Gregory A. Eads of the criminal investigation division.

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