The acting superintendent of the Maryland State Police has replaced two of his predecessor's top commanders as part of his first round of promotions since taking over the agency, officials said yesterday.
Col. Thomas E. "Tim" Hutchins promoted two majors to the rank of lieutenant colonel in charge of the department's operations and administrative bureaus. He also replaced his chief of staff.
Lt. Col. Edwin Lashley, a 27-year state police veteran, replaces Lt. Col. Mark S. Chaney as commander of the operations bureau, which includes patrol divisions and special operations sections. Chaney, a captain who had been promoted to lieutenant colonel by former Superintendent Edward T. Norris, was demoted to captain and assigned to the licensing division, officials said.
Lashley was most recently commander of the Eastern Shore region. Terri L. Taylor, a captain who has been promoted to major, will take Lashley's place as a regional commander.
Lt. Col. Robert McGainey, a 29-year state police veteran, will oversee the administrative functions of the department, replacing Daniel S. O'Connor who resigned from the position in mid-December, shortly after Norris left the agency under the cloud of a federal indictment.
McGainey had been acting as the commander of the bureau since December.
Capt. William N. Pallozzi, commander of the executive protection division, was promoted to major and named Hutchins' chief of staff, replacing Jack Howard, a retired state police captain whom Hutchins had rehired in December. Howard has resigned, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a department spokesman.
Capt. James E. Houck, commander of the aviation division, was promoted to major and remains in charge of the division, Shipley said.
Union officials said they support Hutchins' personnel changes. "He did it right," said Dan Poist, executive director of the State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance. "He took his time."