Rises & falls: Revolving doors to chiefs’ offices nationwide
¶ Chicago police Supt. Terry Hillard calls it a career after 35 years with the department — six of those at the helm. While the agency improved technologically under Hillard, he also presided over a force that suffered its share of scandal, including the conviction of a gang investigator for running an interstate drug ring. Hillard’s first deputy, Philip J. Cline, serves three months as acting superintendent, and then wins permanent appointment to the top job.
¶ Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney taps Arlington County, Va., Police Chief Edward A. Flynn as the state’s Secretary of Public Safety. Flynn led Arlington County’s response during the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.
¶ San Francisco Police Chief Earl Sanders, 65, decides not to return to his post following a lengthy medical leave. His second-in-command, Assistant Chief Alex Fagan, who had been running the department on an interim basis, is promoted to chief.
¶ New York State Police Superintendent James McMahon is tapped by Gov. George Pataki to head the State Office of Public Security.
¶ Col. W. Gerald Massengill retires after nearly 34 years with the Virginia State Police, three of them as the agency’s Superintendent. He is succeeded by Lt. Col. W. Steve Flaherty, a 28-year veteran whose appointment is applauded by the rank and file.
¶ Paul Evans resigns as Boston police commissioner, a post he had held since 1994, to become director of the Police Standards Unit in England. The unit was created in 2001 to help the British government assess the effectiveness of the nation’s police forces and ways in which they can be improved.
¶ San Jose Police Chief William Lansdowne is picked to replace David Bejarano as San Diego’s new chief after Bejarano leaves the agency to become U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of California.
¶ Responding to what he said was a “quit or be fired” ultimatum conveyed by an aide to Mayor Vera Katz, Mark Kroeker resigns after three and a half years as police chief of Portland, Ore. Katz acknowledges that the process of removing Kroeker was not as “elegant” as she might have wished, but says the move was “a management decision.” Assistant Chief Derrick Foxworth is named acting chief.
¶ Naming former Baltimore police commissioner Edward T. Norris as head of the Maryland State Police will help maximize public safety in the city, says Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Norris, who previously served as a top New York City police official, pledges better cooperation between state and local law enforcement. A fellow New Yorker, Kevin P. Clark, picks up the Baltimore Police Department’s reins.
¶ John Timoney takes over as Miami’s new police chief, vowing to support the officers under his command, but promising that those who commit criminal acts and misconduct will find no safe haven. A former high-ranking New York City police official and police commissioner of Philadelphia, Timoney succeeds Raul Martinez.
¶ Karen P. Tandy becomes the first woman to head the federal Drug Enforcement Administration when her appointment is unanimously confirmed by the Senate in August. Tandy, 49, a longtime federal drug prosecutor, was most recently an associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces. She succeeds Asa Hutchinson, who was named undersecretary for border and transportation security at the Department of Homeland Security. Michele M. Leonhart, head of the DEA’s Los Angeles field office, is nominated as Tandy’s deputy.
¶ Terrell Bolton, the first black police chief of Dallas, is abruptly fired after four years at the helm by City Manager Ted Benevides, who says it is “time to go in a new direction,” citing such problems as a fake-drug scandal, alarming crime statistics and a loss of confidence in Bolton’s leadership. Some black members of the City Council criticize the ouster as “a slap in the face.”
¶ The longest-serving chief of the Tampa, Fla., Police Department, Benny Holder, retires in July after a long career that culminated in his appointment as chief in 1993. He is succeeded by Fort Walton Beach, Fla., chief Stephen Hogue, whose career, like Holder’s, began in Tampa in 1973.
¶ Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief Charles Moose resigns when issued an ultimatum by the county’s ethics board that he either give up a book project based on the D.C. sniper case, or give up his job. Moose, who headed the task force that eventually captured suspects John Allan Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, was told that he could not profit from the book he was writing on the case, or act as a consultant to the television movie about it.
¶ After a seven-year tenure that recently included a year of departmental scandals and embarrassments, Houston Police Chief Clarence O. Bradford, 47, takes early retirement, citing family concerns. Executive Assistant Chief Joe L. Breshears, a 30-year veteran, is named interim chief.
¶ Dr. Gerald W. Lynch, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, announces his retirement after 28 years in the position. A staunch advocate of higher education for police, Lynch led the only liberal arts college in the nation devoted exclusively to criminal justice, fire safety and public service.
¶ Jerry Oliver resigns as Detroit’s police chief on Oct. 31 in hopes of ending the “sideshow” caused when he was stopped at an airport for failing to declare a loaded .25-caliber pistol packed in his checked baggage. Oliver subsequently pleads no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possession of an unlicensed handgun, which had been discovered Oct. 18 as Oliver was taking a flight from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Philadelphia to attend the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick names Assistant Chief Ella Bully-Cummings to head the department, and she vows to maintain the hard line on discipline and accountability established by Oliver.
¶ Allentown, Pa., Chief Stephen L. Kuhn takes city officials and rank-and-file officers by surprise when he resigns after just 15 turbulent months on the job.… Fairbanks, Alaska, Police Chief James Welch is demoted to sergeant at his own request, ending speculation about whether he would be fired.… William Seck, who served as the FBI’s supervisory agent in Wichita, is named superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol.… The former head of the Teaneck, N.J., community policing bureau, Paul Tiernan, is that agency’s new chief.…
¶ Shreveport, La., Chief Jim Roberts retires in the aftermath of a shooting incident involving an unarmed black motorist. Roberts had been castigated by minority leaders for comments he made in support of the officers involved.… August “Chip” Greiner resigns as chief of Leonia, N.J., to pursue unspecified job opportunities elsewhere…. Omaha Chief Don Carey leaves to take command of the Melbourne, Fla., Police Department…. Rock Hill, S.C., selects its first African-American chief, John Gregory III, a former assistant chief from High Point, N.C….
¶ Col. Mark Trostel is tapped to succeed Lonnie Westphal as superintendent of the Colorado State Patrol. Westphal abruptly quit in April over plans to reorganize the agency…. Kevin Walters resigns as chief in South Rockwood, Mich., after pleading no contest to a charge of neglect of duty. The charge stemmed from an incident in which he agreed to pay a teenage boy $20 for sex…. East St. Louis Police Chief Delbert Marion is fired by City Manager Robert P. Storman…. Kathy Samuels is named police chief of San Ramon, Calif., following the retirement on May 31 of Brian Lindblom. In July, Samuels’ husband of 25 years, Ray, is named police chief in the neighboring town of Newark, succeeding John Robertson….
¶ Retired Pennsylvania State Police troop commander Theodore Kohuth returns to Whitehall Township, where he spent a portion of his childhood, to lead the Whitehall Police Department…. A $5.5-million suit filed by fired Scottsdale, Ariz., Chief Doug Bartosh claims that officials abridged his right to free speech when they asked him not to speak publicly about an audit critical of the department…. Sweetwater, Fla., Police Chief Jesus Menocal is demoted to sergeant, and is replaced by Ignacio Vazquez, a 30-year veteran of the Miami-Dade police…. Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Chief Kenneth King retires after 17 years leading the force….
¶ Birmingham, Ala., appoints its first female chief and second African American. Annetta Nunn was the highest-ranking woman on the force and the only commander to cut crime in her precinct by greater than 15 percent…. Wilton, N.H., chief Robert Maguire resigns after a well publicized domestic breakup with a female police officer with whom he had been living leads to a domestic battery case and allegations of marijuana use and other violations. He is succeeded by Antrim Sgt. Brent Hautanen…. New Haven’s first black chief, Melvin Wearing, takes early retirement after a 35-year career with the department….
¶ A minister as well as an officer, J.R. Wilson Jr. is named chief of the Hope, Ark., Police Department…. Lisa Maruzo-Bolduc, Willimantic, Conn.’s acting chief, is named to the post permanently…. Waukegan, Ill., Police Chief Miguel Juarez dies of a heart attack at age 50…. Larry Trent, a former commander of the Illinois State Police, is lured out of retirement to serve as head of the agency…Rockford, Ill., officials choose Deputy Chief Steven Pugh to take the top job….
¶ The Metro Louisville, Ky., Police Department will be led by Robert C. White, who is picked on the basis of what officials call his proven track record in helping communities overcome racial divides…. Kenneth G. Hutchins resigns as chief of the Northboro, Mass., Police Department to become a mission president for the Mormon Church.... Joseph Santiago is hired by the city of Trenton, N.J., as its new police director. The former police director of Newark, Santiago had a rocky seven months as head of the state police before being resigning under fire. He is replaced in the state job by Capt. Joseph Ricardo Fuentes….
¶ Former Stamford, Conn., Police Chief Dean Esserman takes command of the troubled Providence, R.I., force…. Norfolk, Va., Police Chief Melvin High is chosen to lead the Prince George’s County, Md., Police Department…. Michael P. Quinn, third-highest ranking official of the Rhode Island State Police, takes over as chief of campus police at Johnson & Wales University…. Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Kenneth L. Morckel is appointed director of the state Department of Public Safety, a cabinet-level position…. Beverly Lennen replaces John Denko as chief of the Santa Fe, N.M., Police Department, becoming the first woman to lead the agency….