- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 16, 2006

HONOLULU (AP) — The former Montgomery County police chief made famous for leading the Washington-area sniper investigation may be joining the Honolulu police force.

Charles A. Moose, has signed up for the Honolulu Police Department’s Training Academy, Maj. Susan Ballard said.

But Mr. Moose, who now lives in West Oahu, may be having second thoughts about the Honolulu job, Maj. Ballard said. Training would start May 1.

“He’s been going back and forth on his decision,” she said.

Mr. Moose, 52, was the lead officer during the search for the snipers who killed 10 persons, six in Montgomery County, in October 2002.

John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted of two of the killings in Virginia. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison, and Muhammad was given a death sentence. Both will stand trial in Montgomery County this year.

Mr. Moose’s wife, Sandy Herman-Moose, said her husband intends to become a patrol officer again.

“You know him — when he was riding in a patrol car as a street cop, he loved it,” she told the Oregonian newspaper in Portland, where he was the chief before coming to Maryland.

Mr. Moose resigned as Montgomery County police chief in 2003 amid criticism from county ethics officials that he was cashing in on his job by writing a book about the sniper case that made him a national celebrity.

He recently was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Air National Guard, his wife said.

In the past three years, Mr. Moose has crossed the country on book-signing tours, and he is a popular speaker.

Mrs. Moose said she is not sure what job her husband would have after completing courses at the police academy.

“The people at the bottom don’t get to choose,” she said.

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