Prompted, in part, by recent promotions and demotions made by Maryland State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris, a Fraternal Order of Police lodge voted no-confidence in the leader and his executive command staff last night.
FOP Lodge 69 in Oella, which represents about 300 current and retired troopers, voted 11 to 1 in favor of sending the no-confidence message after the labor group discussed concerns about Norris' leadership and low morale in the department.
"It sounds like we have a problem more serious than I thought," the lodge's president, Ron Harshman, said before the vote.
Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said: "Colonel Norris finds it ludicrous that 11 retired employees from a department of 2,500 sworn and civilian members would believe their no-confidence vote is significant in any way.
"But that does not mean that he isn't concerned about the state police and its effectiveness."