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Gainer leaves MPD to lead Capitol Police

(Published June 3, 2002)

Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey announced May 31 that he expects to promote Assistant Chief Michael Fitzgerald, who currently commands MPD operations east of the Anacostia River, to replace Terrance W. Gainer as the departmentís second in command.

Gainer was selected May 29 to become the new chief of the United States Capitol Police and was expected to begin his new duties on June 3.

"Terry is taking over a most important agency at a very critical time in our history," Ramsey said. "His selection will not only aid the United States Capitol Police, but will also aid [MPD]. We will work closely in coordinating our efforts to achieve a common goal."

Gainer is the third assistant chief to leave MPD recently to take over command of other law enforcement agencies. Previously, Assistant Chief William McManus left to become police chief in Dayton, Ohio, and Assistant Chief Kim Dine, who was the longtime commander of the First Police District on Capitol Hill, was selected last month to head the Frederick, Md., police department.

Fitzgerald joined MPD in 1971 as a patrol officer in the Fourth District, where he served for six years before transferring to the Fifth District as a squad sergeant. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1982 and captain in 1985. His leadership assignments have included stints in the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, as director of the Court Liaison Division and as Fourth District commander. He was promoted to assistant chief in 1997, with oversight of the departmentís Technical Services Bureau.

Chief Ramsey again promoted Fitzgerald in September 1998 to be one of three regional assistant chiefs and assigned him to command operations east of the Anacostia River.

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