New Baltimore Police spokesman hired

The Baltimore Police Department's new top spokesman and director of public affairs starts work today. 

Jack Papp, who has 27 years experience in public relations work, takes the place of Anthony Guglielmi, who was reassigned amid a spike in violence over the summer and quietly left the agency this month. Guglielmi held been the department's chief spokesman since 2008.

Papp's online resume lists more than 20 years with the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and surface warfare officer, two years as the director of public affairs for the San Diego County Water Authority, a stint with the American Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and almost five years with Lockheed Martin. 

Most recently, Papp worked for Altegrity, a global security consulting company, where his tenure overlapped with Judy Pal, the police department's chief of staff who was recruited by Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, and William Bratton, the former New York and Los Angeles police chief who has been doing consulting work for the Baltimore force. 

The department’s acting spokesman, Eric Kowalczyk, was recently promoted to lieutenant, which typically brings a reassignment. 

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