(PIKESVILLE, MD) – One of the high-profile positions in the incoming Hogan Administration is that of the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
The Governor nearly always picks his selection for a cabinet-level appointment to put his stamp on the state-wide police agencies, Natural Resources and the State Police.
With just days left before Hogan is expected to reveal his choice, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown announced Jan. 14, 2015 he has resigned his position to pursue other opportunities.
In a letter to Maryland State Police troopers and civilian employees, Colonel Brown said he is leaving with a ‘heavy heart,’ effective January 19, 2015. He thanked Maryland State Police employees for their outstanding service to the citizens of the state. “I am in awe of the successes you have achieved,” Colonel Brown said. “Nothing has been more impressive than the work you have done with our local and federal partners to make all Maryland communities safer. Over the past four years, you have helped reduce violent and property crime to historic lows. Homicides across the state are lower than they have been in three decades. More lives were saved on our highways during the period than ever before. If making communities safer and saving lives is our ultimate goal, which it is, your success is unprecedented.”
Colonel Brown also thanked sworn and civilian employees for working together to accomplish significant changes that have made the Maryland State Police more effective.
The Maryland State Police press release about the departure of Brown said: “While Brown was Superintendent, the State Police obtained new pistols for troopers, obtained a funding plan to replace the patrol vehicle fleet, transitioned to a new fleet of helicopters, implemented new radio and computer-aided dispatch/records management systems, and deployed the State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort, or SPIDRE Team, a full-time unit of drunk driving enforcement troopers.”
Of course, credit could be extended to the citizens for paying the high taxes in Maryland which funded all of the achievements.
Gov. O’Malley issued one of the last statements of his term as Governor and commended Brown for his leadership of the State Police.