WESTMINSTER — A lifelong resident of Carroll County has been named as the new commander of the Westminster Barrack for the Maryland State Police.

Lt. Jim DeWees, 40, was transferred to the new position, effective this past week, by State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown.

He replaces former commander Lt. Andrew Winner, who was promoted to captain and will become the commander of the Central Troop, the police division that includes the Westminster Barrack.

DeWees is a 20-year veteran of the State Police. He was most recently the commander of the Golden Ring Barrack, where troopers are responsible for criminal and traffic enforcement on interstate roadways and numerous juvenile and adult detention facilities inBaltimore County.


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Prior to his assignment at the Golden Ring, though, DeWees was the assistant commander at the Westminster Barrack and was in charge of criminal investigations.

He previously served in a full-time position with the State Police Special Operations Division as a member of the Special Tactical Assault Team Element.

"I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead the barrack where I have spent most of my career," Lt. DeWees said.

DeWees was born, and has always lived, in Carroll County. He is a 1988 graduate of South Carroll High School and holds a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

DeWees coaches recreation council baseball and soccer in the Manchester area, and is a past president of the Maryland Troopers Association Lodge 20, located in Carroll County.