One week after announcing a sweeping restructuring of the Metropolitan Police Department, Chief Charles H. Ramsey on Thursday introduced the management team that will help carry out his crime-fighting plan of putting more police resources in the community, cutting bureaucracy and strengthening community policing.
At a news conference outside the First Police District, 415 4th Street, SW, Ramsey announced the assistant chiefs for the three newly created Regional Operations Commands (ROCs), which will oversee most Department operations. Ramsey also announced several other promotions and reassignments, including the new head of Corporate Support, which will streamline the business functions of the Department, the assistant chief of Special Services and several new district commanders.
"My rebuilding plan puts the vast majority of our police resources in the field, where they are more accessible to the community and more effective in fighting neighborhood crime and disorder," Ramsey said. "The management team I have assembled brings fresh ideas, energy and unique talent to this task. Many come from recent field assignments where they were directly involved in creating the police-community partnerships that are so critical to the success of community policing," he said.
"These leaders understand and share my vision for the future, and I will hold them strictly accountable for producing results," the chief added.
The following appointments were announced Thursday; they are effective immediately:
- Regional Operations Commands. Ramsey named three Department veterans to serve as assistant chiefs for the three new Regional Operations Commands: Ronald Monroe, North ROC (Districts 2 and 4); William McManus, Central ROC (Districts 1, 3 and 5); and Michael Fitzgerald, East ROC (Districts 6 and 7). Each will report to Executive Assistant Chief Terrance W. Gainer, who was named to that position by Chief Ramsey in May.
Monroe, 42, joined the MPDC in 1979, serving as a patrol officer in the Third District, a sergeant in the Fourth District and a lieutenant in the Repeat Offenders Project and the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division. After being promoted to captain in 1991, he served in leadership positions in the Fourth District, as well as Information Services, Recruiting, Training, and Finance and Budget. In February 1997, he was promoted to Commander of the Fourth District, which has experienced substantial crime reductions and innovative community policing programs under his leadership. A 1992 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Commander Monroe holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia.
McManus, 46, is a 23-year veteran of the MPDC who has spent most of his career in supervisory and leadership positions in several police districts. He started in 1975 as a uniformed patrol officer and a plain-clothes tactical officer in the Third District. He was promoted to sergeant in 1981, lieutenant in 1983 and captain in 1993, completing assignments in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Districts, as well as the Violent Crime and Gang Task Force. In February 1998, he was named commander of the First District, where he has overseen significant crime reductions and forged new partnerships with community and business leaders. A 1994 graduate of the FBI National Academy, McManus holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in Villanova, Penn.
Fitzgerald, 48, joined the MPDC in 1971, serving as a patrol officer in the Fourth District for six years and later as a squad sergeant in the Fifth District. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1982 and captain in 1985, with leadership assignments in the Sixth District, the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division and as director of the Court Liaison Division. In August 1995, he returned to the Fourth District as commander of the district, the city’s most populous. In January 1997, Fitzgerald was promoted to assistant chief of the Support Services Bureau, with oversight of Technical Services as well.
Ramsey also announced Thursday that Assistant Chief Sonya Proctor, 44, has elected to retire after 24 years of service to the Police Department and the community.
- Corporate Support. Ramsey named Eric Coard, the MPDC’s chief financial officer since March, as executive director of Corporate Support. Reporting directly to the chief, this newly created position oversees such critical functions as training, personnel and other human services, business services such as fleet and facility management, and operational services, including emergency communications, information technology and records.
Coard, 42, has more than 15 years of financial management experience with the District of Columbia government. As associate treasurer in the Office of Finance and Treasury, he managed the Vendor Payment Center and served as project director for the Electronic Benefits Transfer System allowing food stamp recipients to receive benefits via a debit card. Prior to that he spent eight years with the Office of the People’s Counsel, an independent government agency where he served as chief financial officer and controller. Coard received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.
Within the Corporate Support area, Ramsey also announced appointments to four leadership positions. Alfred Broadbent, 42, a 20-year MPDC veteran, is reassigned as the assistant chief for Training Services. Bert Ennis, 53, who was named head of police Personnel in June, has been promoted to director for Human Services. Tom Burse III, 53, is the new director for Business Services. He has served in the Department’s Identification and Records Division since 1971, the last three years as its director. David McDonald, 42, is promoted to commander of the Operational Services Group. A 19- year Department veteran, McDonald has extensive administrative experience in patrol operations and emergency communications, most recently as a captain in Information Services.
- Special Services. Ramsey named Brian Jordan as assistant chief in charge of the Special Services Branch. This includes both Special Operations, such as the Emergency Response Team, the Harbor Patrol and Special Events, and Special Investigations, including Major Narcotics, Joint Task Forces and Major Crash Investigations.
Jordan, 38, joined the MPDC in 1983, beginning his career as a patrol officer in the First District. He was promoted to sergeant in 1987, lieutenant in 1990 and captain in 1996. During this time, he held leadership positions in several police districts, as well as in Homicide, Community Youth Services and the Violent Crime and Gang Task Force. In 1998, Jordan was promoted to inspector in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division, where he managed investigations of sex offenses, narcotics and other serious offenses, as well as the Intelligence Section. Jordan is a 1998 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He hold a master’s degree from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and a bachelor’s degree from Howard University.
Ramsey also announced that Michael Radzilowski, 48, a 28-year Department member, remains inspector in charge of the reconfigured Special Operations Division. Shannon Cockett, 44, is promoted to inspector in charge of the Special Investigations Division. She is a 17-year veteran of the MPDC who has held assignments in four different police districts, most recently as a captain in the Second District.
- District Commanders. Ramsey announced the appointments of four new district commanders. Succeeding McManus as commander of the First District is Kim Dine, a 23-year veteran of the MPDC who served most recently as inspector in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility. Dine, 45, started as a patrol officer in the Third District in 1975, and was promoted to sergeant in 1981, lieutenant in 1988 and captain in 1992. In addition to supervisory positions in the Fourth and Sixth Districts, Dine has held several leadership positions in the areas of internal affairs and public integrity. He served as commanding officer of the Youth and Family Services Division during 1997, before being named director of the Office of Professional Responsibility in January 1998. An FBI National Academy graduate in 1995, Dine received his master’s degree from The American University and his bachelor’s degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Md.
As commander of the Third District, Ramsey named Jose Acosta, who has served as acting commander of the district since June. Acosta, 49, joined the MPDC in 1970, starting as a patrol officer in the Fifth District and spending much of his career in district operations. He was promoted to sergeant in 1977, lieutenant in 1985 and captain in 1995. In February 1998, he was promoted to inspector in charge of the Court Liaison Division. Four months later, he assumed command of the Third District. Acosta is a 1995 graduate of the FBI National Academy and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Charles County Community College.
Succeeding Monroe as commander of the Fourth District is Melvin Scott, a 17-year Department veteran who served most recently as second in command of the Homicide Division. Scott, 39, spent the first five years of his career as a patrol officer and vice investigator in the Fifth District. He was promoted to detective in 1985, sergeant in 1988, lieutenant in 1992 and captain in 1997. In addition to his work in patrol and violent crime investigations, Scott has held several leadership positions in the Youth and Family Services Division, including director of the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia.
Rodney Monroe, 41, a 19-year member of the Department, is reassigned as commander of the Sixth District. Remaining in their current assignments as district commanders are Jacqueline Barnes, 45, Second District; Lloyd Coward, 47, Fifth District; and Winston Robinson, 49, Seventh District.
- Operations Command. Ramsey announced the appointments of two officials to the newly created Operations Command unit. Working out of the Executive Assistant Chief’s office, Operations Command will provide round-the-clock command presence in the field and assist with special projects. Ross Swope, 48, and Stanly Wigenton, 43, are reassigned as inspectors to the unit.
- Other appointments. Tommy Musgrove, 45, is being promoted to inspector in charge of the Court Liaison Division. Musgrove, who joined the Department in 1973, has served as the acting commanding officer of the unit since June. Ira Grossman, 41, has been appointed inspector in charge of the MPDC’s newly configured Recruiting Section. Grossman joined the Department in 1983 and has served in leadership positions in the Second, Fourth and Seventh Police Districts, as well as the Personnel and Recruiting units. Dwight Williams, 41, is promoted to inspector in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility. A 19-year veteran of the MPDC, Williams has served in a number of operational and administrative positions, most recently as commanding officer of the special investigations branch of the Office of Internal Affairs and as head of the Labor Relations Section. Lillian Overton, 39, has been named acting commander of the Youth and Family Services Division. She most recently served as a lieutenant in the division, with management responsibility for the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs.