The new top state cop


The Maryland State Police force has another new superintendent, the sixth in 10 years. Gov. William Donald Schaefer chose a man whose experience has been mostly in administrative positions, particularly in providing bodyguard and other personal security services for governors and other senior state officials. Although the governor says Capt. Larry Tolliver will have the head job temporarily while a nationwide search is conducted for a new top cop, he also said the only way Tolliver could lose the job "is not to play ball."

The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Was Mr. Schaefer wise to pick a political insider for this key command position, which encompasses such a broad spectrum of police know-how? Is it possible for Captain Tolliver, knowing a national search is being made for someone else, to be an effective leader in the months ahead?

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) through midnight Sunday. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

Look for the results in tomorrow's Evening Sun.

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