Baltimore police formalize command appointments

October 13, 2007|By John Fritze

The Baltimore Police Department formalized a key command appointments yesterday, a week after Mayor Sheila Dixon named Frederick H. Bealefeld III the city's new commissioner.

Anthony E. Barksdale, the acting deputy commissioner of operations, will be placed permanently in that position. Deborah A. Owens, the acting deputy commissioner of the department's administrative bureau, was also placed in her position permanently.

"When he was asked to take over as acting commissioner, [Bealefeld] gave a great deal of thought about who needed to fill his position as deputy and who needed to fill the other deputy positions," police spokesman Sterling Clifford said. "He's said all along that he feels like he has a good team in place."

Among the other announcements: John Skinner was named a colonel and chief of patrol. John Dodson was promoted to lieutenant colonel and will be the Patrol Area 1 commander -- which covers the east side.

David Cheuvront will be promoted to major and will become the Eastern District commander. Ross Buzzuro will also be promoted to major and will be the Northern District commander.

Skinner, Dodson, Cheuvront and Buzzuro had all been serving in those higher positions on an acting basis.

Steve Nalewajko will be promoted to major and will be the Northeastern District commander. He replaces Antonio Rodriguez, who retired. Darnell Brock will be promoted to major and become the Southwest District commander. He replaces Tom Casella, who will take an administrative position.

Dennis Smith will be promoted to deputy major in the Northern District -- the position that was previously held by Buzzuro. Lt. Col. Jesse Oden will take over the warrant apprehension task force from Steve McMahon, who is retiring.

Dixon's nomination of Bealefeld as commissioner must be confirmed by the City Council. His nomination will be introduced at Monday's meeting and is expected to receive a hearing early next month.

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