New commander due for state police; Katz reassigned to homeland security


The commander of the Maryland State Police at Westminster, which serves as Carroll County's primary law enforcement agency, has been reassigned to the agency's new Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau.

Lt. Terry L. Katz, 55, who has spent 22 of his 32 years in the state police in intelligence and undercover work, has been the barracks commander since February 1999, overseeing about 100 troopers. His transfer is part of a reorganization, announced yesterday, that is to move new commanders into more than half of the state police barracks while creating the new homeland defense unit. The changes take effect March 19.

Replacing Katz in Westminster will be Maj. Michael J. Fischer, 46, the commander of Motor Carrier and Automotive Safety Operations, said Maj. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman. Fischer, a 23-year veteran and former Trooper of the Year, has been a barracks commander at Golden Ring.

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