One week after announcing a sweeping restructuring of the Metropolitan Police Department, Chief Charles H. Ramsey on Thursday introduced the management team that will help carry out his crime-fighting plan of putting more police resources in the community, cutting bureaucracy and strengthening community policing.
At a news conference outside the First Police District, 415 4th Street, SW, Ramsey announced the assistant chiefs for the three newly created Regional Operations Commands (ROCs), which will oversee most Department operations. Ramsey also announced several other promotions and reassignments, including the new head of Corporate Support, which will streamline the business functions of the Department, the assistant chief of Special Services and several new district commanders.
"My rebuilding plan puts the vast majority of our police resources in the field, where they are more accessible to the community and more effective in fighting neighborhood crime and disorder," Ramsey said. "The management team I have assembled brings fresh ideas, energy and unique talent to this task. Many come from recent field assignments where they were directly involved in creating the police-community partnerships that are so critical to the success of community policing," he said.
"These leaders understand and share my vision for the future, and I will hold them strictly accountable for producing results," the chief added.
The following appointments were announced Thursday; they are effective immediately:
- Regional Operations Commands. Ramsey named three Department veterans to serve as assistant chiefs for the three new Regional Operations Commands: Ronald Monroe, North ROC (Districts 2 and 4); William McManus, Central ROC (Districts 1, 3 and 5); and Michael Fitzgerald, East ROC (Districts 6 and 7). Each will report to Executive Assistant Chief Terrance W. Gainer, who was named to that position by Chief Ramsey in May.
Monroe, 42, joined the MPDC in 1979, serving as a patrol officer in the Third District, a sergeant in the Fourth District and a lieutenant in the Repeat Offenders Project and the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division. After being promoted to captain in 1991, he served in leadership positions in the Fourth District, as well as Information Services, Recruiting, Training, and Finance and Budget. In February 1997, he was promoted to Commander of the Fourth District, which has experienced substantial crime reductions and innovative community policing programs under his leadership. A 1992 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Commander Monroe holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia.
McManus, 46, is a 23-year veteran of the MPDC who has spent most of his career in supervisory and leadership positions in several police districts. He started in 1975 as a uniformed patrol officer and a plain-clothes tactical officer in the Third District. He was promoted to sergeant in 1981, lieutenant in 1983 and captain in 1993, completing assignments in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Districts, as well as the Violent Crime and Gang Task Force. In February 1998, he was named commander of the First District, where he has overseen significant crime reductions and forged new partnerships with community and business leaders. A 1994 graduate of the FBI National Academy, McManus holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in Villanova, Penn.