J. Thomas Manger, a veteran police chief of departments within the Washington, D.C., area, has been employed to guide america Capitol Police, the board that oversees the company introduced on Thursday.
After conducting a nationwide search within the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol assault, the board members mentioned in an announcement that they have been “assured in Chief Manger’s expertise and strategy in defending the Congress — its members, workers, guests and services.”
He’ll start work on Friday. Chief Manger takes over a police drive that’s nonetheless reeling half a 12 months after the riot. The two,000-member police drive that protects Congress finds itself at maybe its greatest crossroads in its almost two-century existence. Its work drive is traumatized and overworked as its ranks have been hollowed out by a flood of exits. The company is going through potential furloughs, teetering getting ready to operating out of funding as time beyond regulation prices outpace its finances for salaries. It has been besieged by criticism from members of each events for the beautiful safety failures that allowed the assault to happen.
After the assault, Steven A. Sund resigned from his submit because the Capitol Police chief, together with the highest Home and Senate safety officers, a transfer that left uncooked emotions on the drive amongst those that remained deeply loyal to Mr. Sund.
The union representing officers voted that it had no confidence within the performing Capitol Police chief, Yogananda D. Pittman, and 6 different senior officers within the division.
“The challenges in defending the Capitol campus, and everybody who works or visits there, have by no means been extra advanced,” Chief Manger mentioned in an announcement.
“The braveness and dedication of the women and men of this company have been on nice show on Jan. sixth. It’s now my job to make sure that they’ve the assets and help to proceed to meet their mission in an ever more and more tough job.”
Chief Manger has spent greater than 4 a long time in policing, together with serving as chief of police in Montgomery County, Md. from 2004 to 2019. He additionally served as police chief in Fairfax County, Va., from 1998 to 2004.
From 2014 to 2018, Chief Manger was president of the Main Cities Chiefs Affiliation, and from 2013 to 2017, he was vice chairman of the Police Govt Analysis Discussion board.