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For she’s a jolly good fellow:
Watson leaves Austin PD for COPS Office visiting fellowship

Austin, Texas, Police Chief Elizabeth Watson, who was the first woman ever to lead a police force in a city of over 1 million when she headed the Houston Police Department from 1990 to 1992, can now add another “first” to her résumé. She was named last month as the recipient of the first national visiting fellowship ever awarded by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Watson, 47, who has been Austin’s top cop since August 1992  the first female chief in that city as well  announced last month that she was resigning to accept the COPS fellowship, in which she’ll direct a one-year project to develop a national police leadership model.


Goffio is boffo

If he wore a cape and had the letter “S” on his chest, New York City police Det. Joseph Goffio couldn’t be more of a superhero than he already is to 11-year-old Sultan Sayed.

Sultan, a dark-haired boy from Coram, N.Y., suffered from T-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia. Diagnosed with the disease in 1995, he would have died without a bone marrow transplant.

Enter Goffio. A 14-year veteran who has worked for the past four years in the Brooklyn South Narcotics Division, Goffio was the second-best possible bone marrow match for Sultan. He stepped in when the best possible match declined to donate. It was during this time that doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital gave the boy less than a month to live.


On top of his game

After taking some “personal and professional inventory,” Anne Arundel County, Md., Police Chief Robert A. Beck announced in January that he would be retiring.

Beck, 51, has been at the agency’s helm for just a year-and-a-half. But despite reports of low morale among the county’s 600 officers, officials said they were surprised by Beck’s decision.


The DoJ shuffle

The announced resignation in January of Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, and the previously announced departures of Associate Attorney General John Schmidt and Deval Patrick, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, has left the Clinton Administration, just barely into its second term, confronting a familiar problem: a leadership vacuum at the Justice Department.

Gorelick is widely regarded as the most stabilizing force at Justice. The department’s second-ranking official and one of the Clinton Administration’s top policy-makers, her absence will leave open the top management job at the huge agency.


He loves a parade

Maj. Louis Quijas, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department’s highest-ranking Hispanic officer, is leaving to become Police Chief of High Point, N.C., beginning Feb. 1.

While Quijas, 45, said he would love to have stayed in his hometown of Kansas City, the new post is a “golden opportunity.” High Point is a blue-collar city of 77,000 residents, he said, that is increasingly facing the same crime problems common to larger cities.

About his leaving for High Point, Quijas said: “It was a quality-of-life decision...This is a town that still has Christmas parades down Main Street.”


Feather in his CAPS

The Chicago Housing Authority Police Department (CHAPD) recently named Cmdr. Leroy O’Shield of the Chicago Police Department as its new police chief.

No stranger to CHAPD, the 53-year-old O’Shield is credited with the virtual elimination of the daily shootings of teenagers in the Cabrini-Green area while commander of the police department’s 15th Precinct.  A pioneer in community policing as well, O’Shield is one of the pioneers of Chicago’s nationally recognized Community Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS) program.


Agents of change

In an inter-office shuffle, the FBI has tapped William C. Megary to head its New Jersey field office, replacing an agent who is taking over the bureau’s Boston branch.

Megary, 47, is presently head of the Washington Metropolitan Field Office.

Barry Mawn, whom Megary will be replacing, is leaving Newark to head the Boston field office, according to an FBI spokeswoman. Mawn, 51, distinguished himself during his 28-month tenure in New Jersey as a result of an exhaustive investigation into the Unabomber’s activities there.

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Feb 14, 1997. 
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