Ex-city officer to head governor's crime office


Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday that he is hiring a former Baltimore City police officer to take over the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Alan C. Woods III will begin work as executive director March 24. Ehrlich fired several of the office's top staff members last month, and federal prosecutors have been investigating whether the agency used grant money for political purposes.

Woods, 56, was a city officer from 1972 to 1981. He then spent 12 years as a division chief in the Baltimore state's attorney's office. More recently, he was the chief administrator at Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, which operates drug treatment programs.

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