City Council schedules Clark confirmation

January 28, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The City Council announced last night that it will hold a public hearing next month on whether to confirm Kevin P. Clark as Baltimore's new police commissioner.

The council is expected to question Clark, and the public will have an opportunity to comment at the hearing scheduled at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the council chambers. The hearing will be televised locally on Comcast Channel 12.

Mayor Martin O'Malley appointed the 22-year New York police veteran to the post last week to replace former Commissioner Edward T. Norris, who resigned last month after almost three years to become Maryland State Police superintendent.

Clark, 46, most recently was deputy chief of the New York police's narcotics division and oversaw about 2,400 supervisors, detectives and civilians. He has said his top priority will be forming tightly focused neighborhood squads to force drug dealers off city corners.

Before becoming deputy chief of the narcotics division last year, Clark was commanding officer of the Bronx's 44th Precinct; lieutenant in the internal affairs bureau; and sergeant and patrol officer, in addition to serving in other posts.

If approved by the City Council, Clark will take the helm of the Police Department at a time when O'Malley, facing re-election next year, is drawing criticism because reductions in homicides have slowed since his first year in office.

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