Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced changes in command as a result of Assistant Chief Deirdre (Dee) I. Walker being selected as one of two 2007 U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), Distinguished Fellows. The changes in command become effective Sunday, August 19, 2007. # # #
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In a press release issued by CHDS on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and CHDS announced the selection of Charles Eaneff and Deirdre Walker as this year’s Distinguished Fellows. The one-year fellowship program is based in Washington D.C., and allows DHS to benefit from the perspectives both honorees received during their graduate work in homeland security at NPS and throughout their careers in public safety and law enforcement. Eaneff is a retired Deputy Chief formerly with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety in California.
Assistant Chief Dee Walker currently serves as the Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau for the Montgomery County Police Department. She joined the department in 1985 and has served in the 4th, 5th, and 6th Police Districts, Special Investigations Division, Policy and Planning Division, Training and Education Division, and Special Operations Division. She was promoted to Assistant Chief in September of 2002. She received her undergraduate degree and Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland. She earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the United States Naval Post Graduate School. She is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.
She was selected by DHS to work in the National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA offices. Her new role will include serving as a bridge between the academic and first responder communities, as well as to provide local and state government perspectives into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security process.
Chief Manger has selected the current Commander of the Montgomery County Police 2nd District, Wayne M. Jerman, to serve as Acting Assistant Chief and Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau during Assistant Chief Walker’s year-long fellowship. Captain Jerman became a sworn officer in March of 1979, but actually began working with the department as a Police Cadet in 1976. He has also served in the 4th and 5th Police Districts, Police Community Action Team (PCAT), Training and Education Division, Animal Services Division, and Records Division. He became the Commander of the 2nd District in May of 2005. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and his Master of Business Administration from Frostburg State University. He is a life-long resident of Montgomery County.
The current Director of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Russell (Russ) E. Hamill, who has been with the department for 20 years, will assume command of the 2nd District. Captain Hamill served for three years as a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff before joining the department in 1986. During his career with the police department he has served in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th Police Districts, the Special Investigations Division, Auto Theft/Pawn Section, and the Police Community Action Team (PCAT). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University. He is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.
Lieutenant Dom A. Fazio, just beginning his 28th year with the department and currently serving as the Deputy Director of CID, will serve as the Acting Director until a replacement is announced. Lt. Fazio received his Bachelor of Arts. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th Police Districts, in Vice and Intelligence, Narcotics, and with the Special Assignment Team (SAT).
Police Chief Tom Manger said, “Chief Walker’s appointment will be of great benefit to the residents of Montgomery County as well as the entire National Capital region. She brings to DHS a strong background in law enforcement and will work to further coordinate a seamless working relationship between local, state, and federal efforts.”