SEABROOK – A surge of new hires in local agencies means several new faces directing operations in two bi-county organizations.
Stanley Johnson was appointed the new park police commander for the Prince George’s County division of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police effective July 3. He replaces Larry Brownlee, who retired after 18 years at that post.
Johnson said he feels ready to step up.
“I’m humbled and excited at the same time. I’m looking forward to the particular challenges that come with leading a law enforcement agency,” he said.
Johnson has been with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission since 1986, when he began as a patrol officer. He has since served in various roles that have put him in direct control of every operating component of the park police, including patrol, investigations, training, administration and records management. He also served as a public information officer for 16 years.
Ronnie Gathers, director of parks and recreation for Prince George’s County, expressed his confidence in Johnson’s ability.
“Stan Johnson has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the mission of the Park Police Division through professionalism and service. I am confident he will be successful in this new position and be a role model for his command staff and officers to ensure that our parks and facilities continue to be a safe and secure environment while building partnerships with the communities we serve,” he said.
Johnson said he has many goals for his time as chief. He hopes to continue the downward trend of crime reports in park properties, which had decreased by 20 percent from 2014 – 2015, he said. He also wants to get the agency its sixth accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. He has managed the process for the other five.
“Another goal is to try to improve, where I can, our delivery of police services to the community and to engage in activities with the community,” Johnson said.
Strategies such as increasing community outreach events such as crime forums and youth programs like Cops Camp for Kids and Safe Summer, modernizing equipment including transportation, and completing a comprehensive review of the police force’s divisions will help to do that.
Johnson also said he wants to provide more career development training for staff to prepare them for supervisory positions and help transition the force to its new headquarters at 8110 Corporate Drive in Landover.
“I know I can achieve them,” he said of the goals. “It’s going to be hard work, but with a good staff and great collaboration with the commission and other law enforcement agencies and the community, I really believe I can do it.”
Another bi-county agency, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), also filled leadership positions last week. On June 27, the commission announced the hiring of Joe Beach as chief financial officer (CFO), Jaclyn Vincent as senior staff director and Damion Lampley as utility services team chief.
“I am delighted to announce these three new additions to our leadership team,” WSSC Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Carla Reid said. “My goal is to shape the commission into a world class organization, focused on customers first. These three outstanding professionals will go a long way towards reaching that goal.”
Beach is a former Montgomery County government employee who most recently served as finance director. He said he is looking forward to being able to serve Prince George’s County residents as well in this new role, as well as to continue to work with WSSC staff.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to work with them again. They’re building a great team and doing great things,” he said.
As CFO, Beach will be responsible for handling the utility’s financial statements, revenue collection and retirement funds, as well as conducting a rate study.
“We want to make sure WSSC has sustainable finances and reduce the burden on rate payers,” he said.
Lampley has been a manager in the operations and maintenance department of DC Water and a deputy director for operations and maintenance with Prince William County Service Authority in Virginia. He will be overseeing the water and sewer infrastructure as chief of WSSC’s utility services team to make sure service is provided uninterrupted.
“I absolutely look forward to working with WSSC,” he said. “I live in the service area, so it’s a great opportunity to bring my expertise and experience here.”
His goals include evaluating the existing preventative maintenance program and revamping it as needed to help minimize breaks and sewer backups.
The senior staff director position is one created by Reid in order to improve the communication between WSSC departments, Vincent said.
“I’m going to kind of be the mode of communication between all of our divisions and our local elected officials,” she said. “This will help reduce the problem of people working in silos in all the individual departments and make sure everyone is on the same page.”
Vincent said the position is perfectly in line with Reid’s stated management goals of creating an efficient, responsive and customer-focused utility.
“Carla is making some really great hires, and I’m excited to be a part of it,” she said.
Vincent has experience in state government, with her most recent jobs being Senior Policy Advisor to Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch and Assistant Director for Policy and Planning at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
She said her main goals are to make sure Reid’s changes continue to take hold and spur WSSC to become a “world-class organization.”
“I will make sure, I hope, that items get resolved quickly and we can focus on the things and are really important,” Vincent said.