Governor Wolf Accepts Marcus Brown’s Withdrawal; to Select New Police Commissioner

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf yesterday announced that Marcus Brown is withdrawing his name from further consideration to be commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Governor Wolf also announced he will select a new commissioner as soon as possible, and Col. Brown will continue to serve as acting commissioner until a selection is made. Governor Wolf released the following statement:

“For 25 years, Marcus Brown has built a strong and distinguished record in law enforcement. He has unmatched qualifications from his time serving as a beat cop in San Jose to his tenure as superintendent of the Maryland State Police. In between, he commanded the SWAT unit in Baltimore, served as a deputy commissioner for internal affairs in the city of Baltimore, led the Maryland Transportation Authority police force, and earned his law degree.

“Marcus Brown is the type of leader that Pennsylvania would be lucky to have. Despite Marcus’ vast and unquestioned qualifications, the Senate wrongfully rejected his nomination in a move that put politics above the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania, and it is now appropriate to select a new nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police.

“Marcus Brown will remain acting commissioner while I search for a new nominee. The Pennsylvania State Police are the commonwealth’s top law enforcement agency, and the most distinguished agency in the country steeped with tradition. Their next leader will build on these traditions while looking for opportunities to ensure that the force reflects the diversity of Pennsylvania.”

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