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State Police makes changes

October 29, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Maryland State Police Lt. Gregory Johnston reassumed the top position at the Hagerstown barracks Wednesday after serving in the capacity of an assistant since early 2003.

The former barracks commander, Capt. Robert Turano, is now overseeing a four-barracks troop that includes Hagerstown.

Maryland State Police Col. Thomas E. Hutchins announced Wednesday that several organizational changes have been made throughout the state. The change returns Maryland State Police to an organizational structure it has used in the past, according to a police news release.

Turano has been named the western troop commander and is now overseeing the direction of the Frederick, Hagerstown, Cumberland and McHenry barracks, police said. Turano formerly commanded the southern region of Maryland State Police, the Frederick barrack and the statewide Firearms Enforcement Division, according to police.

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Turano could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Johnston said he was Hagerstown's barracks commander for about a year, prior to a March 2003 reorganization.

"The past administration decided to put high ranks, captains and majors, into the barrack positions," Johnston said. "This administration has gone back to the traditional setup at the barracks."

Johnston said both the commander and assistant commander positions are completely administrative.

Detective Sgt. Mike Hegedus also is reassuming a position he previously held, Johnston said. He said Hegedus would oversee more of the "day-to-day operations" as assistant commander.

Hegedus was not available for comment Thursday.

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