The Westminster state police barracks gets a new commander today, five months after the previous commander assumed the post.
Capt. Scott Yinger, a former barracks commander in Frederick, will oversee the biggest and busiest barracks in the state, with nearly 100 troopers answering an average of 251 calls per eight-hour shift, officials said.
Until being promoted to captain and given the Westminster assignment, Yinger was a lieutenant in the Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau, said Lt. Michael Cain, assistant barracks commander.
He said that Yinger has been a member of the Maryland State Police for nearly two decades and at one time served in the Westminster barracks as a corporal.
Yinger replaces Maj. Michael J. Fischer, who returns to Motor Carrier and Automotive Safety Operations.
Fischer assumed command in March after Lt. Terry L. Katz - commander since February 1999 - was reassigned to homeland security.