Police chief Clark reassigns several of city's top officers

Changes made to improve department's effectiveness

March 22, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark shook up the top ranks of his Police Department yesterday, shuttling veteran commanders to new posts throughout the city.

Clark announced the changes through his chief spokeswoman, Ragina C. Averella, who said the commissioner "believed the changes will improve the effectiveness of the agency."

Clark has hired a New York police lieutenant, Edwin J. Day, to head the detective bureau and a former New York police sergeant, Anthony Romano, to lead the department's drug units, which are going to be reorganized into crime squads.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of an editing error, Saturday's editions of The Sun incorrectly described the new duties of Baltimore Police Maj. Frederick Tabor. Tabor will oversee detectives who work in the city's nine police districts but not investigators who work at police headquarters and several other units. The Sun regrets the error.

Among the moves announced yesterday:

Maj. Laurie Zuromski, commander of the homicide division, will become executive officer of the Western District and report to Maj. Stephen Davis.

Maj. Antonio Williams will leave the Warrant Apprehension Task Force (WATF) and take over command of the homicide unit.

Lt. Col. Steven McMahon, who most recently was in charge of training police recruits in West Baltimore, will replace Williams at WATF.

Maj. Elfago Moye, who was assigned to the criminal investigation division, will replace McMahon.

Maj. Debbie Owens, who oversaw several squads of detectives, will take over the Southwestern District and replace Maj. Russell Shea.

Shea will be the executive officer of the Firearms Apprehension Strike Team, which is commanded by Maj. Anthony Barksdale.

Maj. Michael Andrew, who oversaw several squads of detectives, will become the executive officer of the Eastern District, which is commanded by Maj. Gregory Eads.

Maj. Frederick Tabor, commander of several squads of detectives, will oversee the operations of all detectives in the city.

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