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Nomination of Stewart W. Russell as Maryland State Police Superintendent

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The following citizens of Maryland are requesting that Governor Hogan please consider appointing Stewart W. Russell as Maryland State Police Superintendent. Please sign our petition and leave a comment to show your support.

A message from Stewart W. Russell -

On January 17, 1977, three years after graduating from Baltimore City College High School, I realized my dream of becoming a Maryland State Trooper. In the 35 years of service to the Department and our citizens, I had been assigned to all three of the Department’s Bureaus throughout my career that ended on September 12, 2012. My last four years I had the pleasure of serving under Colonel Terrence B. Sheridan in the capacity of Lieutenant Colonel as Bureau Chief of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. My last two years as Bureau Chief of the Support Services Bureau. My blessing is that those positions enabled me to reach out to many of the MSP’s sworn and civilians to ensure that the “third floor” was not only for the rich and famous but for anyone who needed a voice. I believed that such positions are to help our folks get through red tape not tie it around their ankles.

Our upper leadership should not be viewed as mythical figures who only reach out to you for their benefit or if there is something negative. Sworn, civilians and retirees should be able to view the leadership as those who are passionate about the MSP as they are. Our folks need to know the leadership cares about their issues and not just when it is convenient or again for their benefit. Reason dictates that no one can do everything but what can be done should.

The MSP has a long and proud storied history. We have the best and brightest personnel both sworn and civilian. There are tremendous assets within our Chaplain and VIPS programs. What sets us apart from many is that we have some of the most dedicated civilians in the state service. Our retirees are a vivid part of our past and should be a continued link to the MSP’s promising future.

The MSP is a great family, and we need to get back to that way of life. Ladies and gentlemen it starts at the top. The name stenciled on the glass door should understand and appreciate what they inherited.

The troops need to identify with positive leadership as they will be the future leaders. They need to see, hear and learn from positive examples to ensure they understand what it means to wear that uniform and continue our traditions that they have earned us the right to say we are "Maryland's Finest."

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