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Veteran cops get new jobs

August 05, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Police Department has moved three high-ranking, veteran officers into different jobs.

All held key positions with the department and had decades of experience.

Lt. Richard Johnson was transferred early this week from the Criminal Investigation Division to a position in the planning and research department, Chief Arthur Smith said. Smith said Johnson will focus on grant administration and researching new laws.

Sgt. Curtis Wood is now the Criminal Investigation Division's highest ranking officer, Smith said.

Lt. Margaret Kline was transferred from the Patrol Division to the Western Maryland Police Academy, where she will serve as director of training, Smith said.

Kline and recently promoted Lt. Richard Reynolds switched positions, Smith said. He was unable to recall the date of those changes, although Kline said it was in late May.

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Smith said each of the officers has more than 20 years experience with the department.

The department plans to move at least one more officer into the Criminal Investigation Division as a result of Johnson's transfer, he said.

Smith said several moves have been made within the police department since May, and that such moves are not uncommon.

Johnson declined to comment on the transfer Wednesday evening.

Reynolds could not be reached for comment.

Kline, who has been with the Patrol Division since she was promoted to the rank of corporal in 1991, said she did not ask to be transferred to the academy.

"It wasn't a planned move, but I'll make the best of it," said Kline.

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