State Digest

STATE DIGEST

April 28, 2007

New academy chief confirmed by Senate

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler as the new superintendent of the Naval Academy.

The unanimous vote Thursday night elevated Fowler, a career submarine officer with a reputation for valuing diversity, to the rank of vice admiral, after President Bush nominated him to the position last month.

This summer, he will replace Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, whose four-year tenure was marked by steps to rein in alcohol use and sexual misconduct among midshipmen.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun incorrectly identified the post most recently held by David C. Franklin, who was named acting chief of the Maryland Transit Administration Police. Prior to that appointment, Franklin served as commander of the administrative services bureau of the Maryland Transportation Authority.
The Sun regrets the error.

An avid hunter from North Dakota, Fowler will come to the academy from Naples, Italy, where he has worked since July as the deputy director of the U.S. 6th Fleet in Europe and commander of allied submarine forces in the Mediterranean.

Bradley Olson

Maryland

DeLeaver quits MTA police

Douglas DeLeaver has resigned as police chief of the Maryland Transit Administration to pursue opportunities in the private sector, the MTA announced yesterday.

"Chief DeLeaver deserves credit for raising the MTA police force to the status of a first-class law enforcement agency," said MTA Administrator Paul J. Wiedefeld. The force patrols bus and rail operations throughout the Baltimore region.

DeLeaver held the post for six years and served with various police agencies, including the Maryland State Police and the Department of Natural Resources Police, for more than 30 years.

His daughter, Shareese DeLeaver, was a spokeswoman for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Pending appointment of a permanent replacement, the MTA post is being filled by David C. Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran who since 2003 has commanded the MTA's administrative services bureau.

Jonathon Bor

Federalsburg

Federal grant to boost police

It's not possible to get thrown in the slammer in this Eastern Shore town. The Federalsburg Police Department, lacking any holding cells, restrains prisoners on chains hooked to walls.

A grant from the federal government could change that. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin announced yesterday that Federalsburg will get a loan of about $457,000 to renovate its department.

The money will come from federal Rural Development funds.

"It is critical that Federalsburg police have a working environment that will allow them to fully carry out their duties," Cardin said in a statement.

The renovation will cost about $1 million, Cardin's office said.

Associated Press

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