Baltimore Press

Will Top Cop Resign?

Top Cop is Mum on Rumors

Police Commissioner Thomas Frazier had nothing to say about persistent rumors that he was on the verge of resign­ing to take an out of town job.

WBAL radio yesterday reported that Frazier had noti­fied Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke that he would be leaving the top job in the Police Department to take a job in Washington, D.C.

At a press conference yester­day, Frazier would neither con­firm nor deny the allegations, merely saying “these are per­sonnel issues, and I will not comment.”

Most of the candidates in the Mayoral race have not given Frazier’s tour of duty a warm review. Council President Lawrence Beil and City Councilman Martin O’Malley have been consistently critical of Frazier’s management of the police department from the floor of the City Council cham­

bers. Former Councilman Carl Stokes and Register of Wills Mary Conaway also have called for his removal in stump speeches across the city.

One rumor said that Frazier would make an announcement about his future plans today.

The department’s public rela­tion officer, Robert Weinhold, denied that any press confer­ence was planned.

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