RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison on Monday announced plans to restructure department leadership.
The department will streamline from six colonels to two and seven lieutenant colonels to four. The new leadership structure, which goes into place on April 24, will reshuffle the department into four bureaus--administration, operations and the new bureaus of compliance and public integrity. Each will be led by a deputy commissioner, and the Community Collaboration Division will be moved into the chief of patrol's office, where it will be overseen by Lt. Col. Shereee Briscoe.
“These moves are an important first step towards making the Baltimore Police Department a more efficient, effective and responsive organization. We simply had too many people in high-ranking positions without an appropriate span of control to justify their rank,” Harrison said in a statement. “Moving forward, I will continue to evaluate BPD’s structure and capacity. More changes will be necessary, but we have begun building an effective structure for the Department and putting the right people in the right places."
Harrison also announced the promotion of Jim Gillis to deputy commissioner of administration. Previously the department's chief of staff, he's also served as the department's director of government affaird.
“Jim’s wide range of skills and experiences, his deep knowledge of the Baltimore Police Department, and his passion for making Baltimore a better and safer city lend themselves perfectly to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Administration,” Harrison said.
Eric Melancon began Monday as the department's chief of staff, and Deputy Commissioner Danny Murphy began last week as head of the Compliance Bureau. Both followed Harrison from New Orleans, where he was police superintendent before coming to Baltimore.
“Eric and Danny were key members of my team that helped transform the New Orleans Police Department into a better run and nationally recognized organization have been successful in significantly reducing crime and improving NOPD’s relationship with residents," Harrison said. "I have every expectation that they will help produce the same results here in Baltimore."