Monday, October 08, 2001

Dayton names new police chief

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton officials picked the assistant chief of Washington's Metropolitan Police Department to serve as the city's new chief of police, City Manager Valerie Lemmie said Sunday.

        William P. McManus is to take over in Dayton the first week in January.

        “While each of the final police chief candidates were truly outstanding, we believe that Chief McManus is the best for our existing team,” Ms. Lemmie said.

        The other two finalists were Patrick L. Stephens, deputy chief of field operations for the Cleveland police, and James L. Younger, deputy chief in Arlington County, Va.

        Mr. McManus has been a police officer for 26 years. At the MPD, he commanded Central Operations, which includes the White House and Capitol Hill areas.

        “I feel that Dayton is a perfect fit for a guy from D.C.,” Mr. McManus said at a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday. “I really believe Dayton is on the verge of a transformation, and I want to be a part of it.”


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