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May 21, 2006|By SUN STAFF

Gary W. McLhinney

Occupation

Chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. He oversees 450 sworn police officers who patrol the state's ports, airport, highway tunnels, bridges and toll facilities.

In the news

McLhinney's police force at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is coming under criticism for using officers to escort celebrities. The chief also had said he was considering stepping down from his post to run for Harford County sheriff; he announced his decision not to run last week.

Career highlights

McLhinney said he is most happy to have been appointed chief of the authority's police force and having negotiated a pay increase on behalf of Baltimore city officers he represented as president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3.

Personal

He was born June 21, 1960, and has two sons. He joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1980 and was a beat officer in the Northeast District. He later became a narcotics detective and was assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force. In 1994, he was elected as president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 and served until January 2003.

He lives in Towson.

Philosophy

"On leadership, I strive to give people clear direction and tools and support to do the job, and then I get out of the way and let them do it.

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