- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2002

D.C. Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer has been selected to become the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.
The Capitol Police Board announced Chief Gainer's new post yesterday, saying it becomes effective Monday.
"Terry is taking over a most important agency at a very critical time in our history," Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said in a prepared statement yesterday.
"His selection will not only aid the U.S. Capitol Police, but will also aid ours. We will work closely in coordinating our efforts to achieve a common goal. I wish him continued success."
When Chief Ramsey took command of the Metropolitan Police Department four years ago, he brought Chief Gainer to the District from Chicago.
Before that, Chief Gainer was director of the Illinois State Police from 1991 to 1998. He served as Illinois deputy inspector general for the Office of the Illinois Inspector General from 1984 to 1987 and as chief legal counsel for the Chicago Police Department from 1981 to 1984.
Chief Gainer began his policing career in 1968 and worked in patrol and as a homicide detective and sergeant.
He has a bachelor's degree from St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kan., and master's and law degrees from DePaul University in Chicago.
As the Metropolitan Police Department's No. 2 official, Chief Gainer oversaw 4,200 employees and an annual budget of more than $300 million.
During his tenure with the city force, Chief Gainer often has been pushed into the limelight. He has appeared on national news programs speaking on behalf of the department during the investigation of the disappearance of former intern Chandra Levy and the discovery last week of her remains.
Chief Gainer also has been a visible presence coordinating the police response at a number of demonstrations in the District, most recently a weekendlong protest last month that coincided with meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
At a similar anti-globalization protest in 2000, Chief Gainer was doused with pepper spray when he got too close to the protest line.
Recently, he was named a finalist for the job of Atlanta police chief but withdrew from consideration.
"I'm happy for my friend Terry. He greatly contributed to our department, and his services will be missed," Chief Ramsey said.
The U.S. Capitol Police Department has an authorized strength of 1,570 personnel and an annual budget of about $220 million.


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