Baker names new chief but does he live in Pr. George’s?

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Cheif of Police Mark Magaw, Sheriff Melvin High, and State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks hold a press conference to discuss the recent high murder rate across the County. In Landover, MD on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. (Photo: Washington Examiner)

It has been more than six months since Rushern Baker became the Prince George’s County Executive and with many of his senior level administrative posts still vacant or under interim leaders, some have started to question his administration’s ability to get stuff done, until Friday. Last week Baker filled two of the most visible posts in the county when he tapped Interim Police Chief Mark Magaw and Interim Fire Chief Marc Bashoor as the permanent heads.

Magaw who beat out two of his deputy chiefs and apparently even the influential police union leader, Vince Canales, takes over the post after being picked to replace former chief Roberto Hylton on Baker’s first day in office. The County Council will have forty-five days to approve or reject Magaw. If they fail to act in forty-five days the appointments will stand confirmed, but before that he will have to answer a few personal questions, starting with where he lives.

We have learned from a source in  the police department close to one of the deputy chiefs also up for consideration that Magaw does not actually live in Prince George’s County. The question is does that make him unable to assume the post? “He’ll likely move to the county before he is up before the council,” the source said who asked remain anonymous for fear of retaliation for revealing the confidential information. “People don’t like to hear that the man who wants to be their chief does not live in their communities,” the source went continued.

Magaw, if confirmed, will also have to answer questions about his plans to deal with crime in the county that has seen a surprising spike since he took over as the top cop with summer approaching and also his role in the botched drug raid that killed the dogs of the Mayor of Berwyn Heights Cheye Calvo.

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