For police chief, mayor picks a familiar face

The pattern is familiar: A government makes a major point of conducting a nationwide search to fill an important position, then winds up promoting someone who is already there, a known and trusted figure from within the same agency. It happens a lot, and it has just happened again in the selection of a new chief for the Annapolis Police Department — a process that, according to Mayor Mike Pantelides, involved processing 72 applications and conducting five interviews. But we're not surprised and certainly not disappointed by Pantelides' decision, announced Wednesday, to nominate Maj. Scott Baker, the acting head of the department since police Chief Michael Pristoop was fired in February. (Capital)

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