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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Announces New Command Staff

Posted on December 26, 2006:

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PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are Major Joseph C. Montminy, Jr., Capt. Pamela W. Dottellis, Lt. Susan Rice, Capt. Robert L. Cleaveland, Capt. David A. Saunders, Capt. J. Scott Whitcraft, Sheriff Rex W. Coffey, Capt. Michael S. Klotz, Capt. Michael F. McGuigan, Capt. Troy D. Berry, Capt. Daniel L. Gimler, Deputy Director Walter Poynor, Jr., Mr. Jack Hurd and Major Joseph “Buddy” Gibson.

LA PLATA, Md. - Sheriff Rex W. Coffey today announced the members of his new executive command staff. Eight members of Sheriff Frederick Davis' command staff retired the week of December 1, 2006, shortly before Sheriff Coffey officially took office.

Joseph C. Montminy, Jr. and Joseph “Buddy” Gibson were selected to serve as majors. Major Montminy was promoted from captain and has served the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for more than 26 years. He serves as the major of operations. Major Gibson was a Charles County Sheriff’s officer from 1990 to 2001 and achieved the rank of corporal. He serves as the major of administration.

Capt. Robert L. Cleaveland, a 21-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was selected to command the Executive Services Division. He was previously a lieutenant and served as commander of the Indian Head District Station.

Capt. Michael S. Klotz will command the Special Services Division. He was previously a lieutenant in command of the Judicial Services Section and has served the agency for nearly 19 years.

Capt. Daniel L. Gimler was chosen to lead the Patrol Operations Division. He has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for nearly 17 years and was previously a lieutenant and commander of the Narcotics Enforcement Section.

The Special Operations Division will be commanded by Capt. Michael F. McGuigan, who previously served as a lieutenant and commander of the Waldorf District Station. He is a nearly 17-year veteran of the Agency.

Capt. David A. Saunders, who as a lieutenant served as the commander of the Investigations Section of the Criminal Investigations Division, will now serve as commander of the Information Services Division. He has served the Agency for nearly 17 years.

Capt. Troy D. Berry was selected to command the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). He is a 14-year veteran of the Agency and previously served as a lieutenant and commander of the Internal Affairs Unit.

Capt. Pamela W. Dottellis will serve as director of the Corrections Division, which oversees the operation of the Charles County Detention Center. Capt. Dottellis has served the Agency in the Corrections Division for nearly 25 years. This division was previously commanded by a sworn officer. Lt. Susan L. Rice, a 25-year veteran of the Corrections Division, was promoted to captain and will command the Support Services Division.

Jack Hurd joined the Agency in December as the Sheriff’s director of the Administrative Services Division. He is a civilian employee.

Sheriff Coffey has also promoted nine sergeants to lieutenants:

• Lt. Cecilia Johnston, who will serve as a district commander in Waldorf;

• Lt. Brian Herlihy, who will serve as district commander in La Plata;

• Lt. Karl Hense, who will serve as commander of Judicial Services Section;

• Lt. Jeffrey Holter, who will serve as commander of the Indian Head District Station;

• Lt. Michael Almassy, who will serve as commander of the Internal Affairs Section;

• Lt. Kevin Leahy, who will serve as commander of the Investigations Section of the Criminal Investigation Division;

• Lt. Jeffrey Wood, who will serve as an operational commander;

• Lt. Jon Norris, who will serve as commander of the Management Information Services Section.

According to the Sheriff's Department, the promotions are part of "Sheriff Coffey’s strategic plan and an effort to better organize the Sheriff’s Office."

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