PETER JACKSON, The Associated Press
Last updated: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 3:21 PM
Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 1:09 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf wants Maryland’s top cop to become Pennsylvania’s top cop, he said Thursday.
In a series of Cabinet announcements involving law enforcement and civil defense, Wolf said he has selected Marcus Brown, Maryland’s state police superintendent, to take over the $145,025-a-year job as Pennsylvania’s state police commissioner.
Brown was promoted to superintendent of the Maryland state police in 2011 after spending most of his 25-year career in the Baltimore police department.
Less than an hour after Brown’s selection was announced, the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, issued a statement welcoming him to the state and warning him more troopers are needed to keep up with growing responsibilities. The PTSA is a labor union representing 4,300 Pennsylvania state police officers.
The state government faces stubborn financial problems in the year that starts July 1, including a structural budget deficit that is widely estimated at more than $2 billion.
The Wolf campaign had no immediate comment.