Robert Russell, in his first move as acting county police chief, hastransferred 21 officers.

Russell, who took over the department Friday after former Chief George Wellham retired, cited future reorganization, management styles and the economy as reasons for the changes.

"The current budget situation is definitely different," he said in an interoffice memo. "In the coming months we will be asked to do more with less. Under these conditions, sacrifices are inevitable."

Russell also separated the department's vice and intelligence units,placing the vice squad under narcotics.

"I thought it would be better served working closely with narcotics," he said.

The intelligence unit, which works with outside agencies, will report directly tohim.

He also reinstituted the night commander postion, transferring Capt. Frank Milholland from commander of the Eastern District Station to fill that post.

Deputy Chief Edgar Koch will take Russell'splace as head of the technical services division; Maj. Robert Beck will serve as an acting deputy chief and head the field operations division.

Maj. Wellham Donoho, who was transferred from commander of the criminal investigation division, will head the patrol division.

Wellham retired from the department after 43 years. County Executive Robert Neall appointed Russell to fill the chief's position while conducting a nationwide search to find a replacement.

Neall selected Russell after interviewing four members of Wellham's command staff.

Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad