About a third of Maryland's state police barracks have new supervisors after an overhaul of the department's command structure this month and several dozen recent promotions.
Shortly after Col. Edward T. Norris was named superintendent in January, he replaced about half of the 23 barracks commanders.
Although some of the latest round of changes were made to fill voids created by promotions and retirements, other command changes were needed to staff the agency's new Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau and to reorganize other units in the department, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a department spokesman.
"Most of these changes were made to make us a more efficient agency and to support our new mission - to fight crime and terrorism," Shipley said last week.
However, some police veterans and union leaders remain leery of Norris' rapid-fire transformation of the agency, and say that some changes are clearly punitive in nature.
The barracks commanders are among the most visible command changes to the public, because in many parts of Maryland, the state police are the main law-enforcement agency.
The new supervisors include:
The JFK Highway barracks' new commander is Lt. Frank B. Lioi, who was promoted from assistant barracks commander to replace Lt. Nick Paros. Paros was promoted two ranks this month to major in charge of the regional operations in the northern part of the state.
The Westminster barracks is commanded by Lt. Robert S. Yinger, who had mostly recently worked in the Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau. He replaces Maj. Michael J. Fischer, who takes over the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, which is now under the Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau.
The North East barracks is commanded by Capt. Gerald M. Kreiner, replacing Lt. Bruce Diehl who was transferred to the personnel services unit. Kreiner most recently had been assigned to Information Technology Bureau.
The Rockville barracks commander is Capt. Suzanne E. Jordan, who had most recently worked in the technology management division. She replaces Lt. William Tower, who will retire Monday.
The College Park barracks' new commander is Lt. Thomas D. Gardner, who was transferred from the Waterloo barracks to replace former Maj. Terry Custer, who is now a captain in the quartermaster section.
The Salisbury barracks commander is Lt. Martin E. Koerner who was transferred from the Berlin barracks to replace Capt. John Simpson who was promoted this month to major in the Special Operations Division.
The Prince Frederick barracks is commanded by Lt. Homer R. Rich, who remains at the same barracks but replaces Capt. Norman Dofflemyer, who was transferred to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.