Lt. Roy A. Neigh, commander of the Maryland State Police Westminster barracks since July 1992, moves to the communication service division at the headquarters in Pikesville today.
The move, one of many promotions and transfers announced by Superintendent Larry W. Tolliver, will bring Lt. R. Bruce Tanner to Westminster.
Lieutenant Neigh, a 25-year veteran with the state police, will take a post in the new telecommunication section in Pikesville, according to a spokesman. He was on vacation and could not be reached for comment.
Lieutenant Tanner, a 19-year veteran who lives in Taneytown, has served with the aviation, personnel, staff inspection and, most recently, in the criminal investigation division as the central region commander.
Lieutenant Tanner, 44, who has not previously commanded a barracks, moves into a unique position as commander in Westminster. Carroll is the only Maryland county to have a resident trooper program where state police serve as the law enforcement agency in the town and community.
Exceptions are within the cities of Westminster and Taneytown, and the towns of Manchester, Hampstead and Sykesville.
Under the resident trooper program, the county bears the full expense of the trooper, including salary, vehicle, uniform and equipment.
In other moves announced yesterday, Cpl. James W. Long, who spent most of his 14-year tenure as a state trooper in Westminster but was recently transferred to the Leonardtown barracks, is returning to Carroll County and will be assigned to the resident trooper program.
Cpl. David A. Warner has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred from Westminster to Rockville. Tfc. A. Donald Grimes has been promoted to corporal and transferred to the Annapolis barracks.
All of the promotions and transfers are effective today, the superintendent said.