New academy chief confirmed by Senate
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler as the new superintendent of the Naval Academy.
The unanimous vote Thursday night elevated Fowler, a career submarine officer with a reputation for valuing diversity, to the rank of vice admiral, after President Bush nominated him to the position last month.
This summer, he will replace Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, whose four-year tenure was marked by steps to rein in alcohol use and sexual misconduct among midshipmen.
An avid hunter from North Dakota, Fowler will come to the academy from Naples, Italy, where he has worked since July as the deputy director of the U.S. 6th Fleet in Europe and commander of allied submarine forces in the Mediterranean.
DeLeaver quits MTA police
Douglas DeLeaver has resigned as police chief of the Maryland Transit Administration to pursue opportunities in the private sector, the MTA announced yesterday.
"Chief DeLeaver deserves credit for raising the MTA police force to the status of a first-class law enforcement agency," said MTA Administrator Paul J. Wiedefeld. The force patrols bus and rail operations throughout the Baltimore region.
DeLeaver held the post for six years and served with various police agencies, including the Maryland State Police and the Department of Natural Resources Police, for more than 30 years.
His daughter, Shareese DeLeaver, was a spokeswoman for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Pending appointment of a permanent replacement, the MTA post is being filled by David C. Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran who since 2003 has commanded the MTA's administrative services bureau.
Federal grant to boost police
It's not possible to get thrown in the slammer in this Eastern Shore town. The Federalsburg Police Department, lacking any holding cells, restrains prisoners on chains hooked to walls.
A grant from the federal government could change that. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin announced yesterday that Federalsburg will get a loan of about $457,000 to renovate its department.
The money will come from federal Rural Development funds.
"It is critical that Federalsburg police have a working environment that will allow them to fully carry out their duties," Cardin said in a statement.
The renovation will cost about $1 million, Cardin's office said.