- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer yesterday was named sergeant-at-arms of the U.S. Senate.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the announcement among a list of leadership appointments.

Mr. Gain-er headed the Capitol Police force starting in June 2002. He resigned in April after it was brought to his attention that he had violated a 1967 law against nepotism when he hired his son-in-law as a police officer more than two years ago. Mr. Gainer’s son-in-law also resigned from the force.

The nepotism charges surfaced after repeated clashes with congressional Democrats over the size and direction of the Capitol Police.

After leaving the Capitol Police, Mr. Gainer, 59, served as emergency preparedness director for the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.

A blog posted on the group’s Web site, www.nonprofitroundtable.org, said Mr. Gainer served a six-month term before becoming vice president of Alexandria-based Military Professional Resources Inc., a military training contractor. The site says he is “responsible for the international law-enforcement group in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Mr. Gainer could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr. Gainer also was the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant chief under Chief Charles H. Ramsey from May 1998 until he joined the Capitol Police. Before that, he spent eight years as director of the Illinois State Police. He is also a lawyer and a Vietnam veteran.

As Capitol Police chief, he increased the department’s sworn strength by about 400, to 1,700 officers, upgraded its weaponry and its technology and improved morale.

He replaces William H. Pickle, who had served as Senate sergeant-at-arms since March 2003.

As chief law-enforcement officer of the Senate, the sergeant-at-arms is charged with maintaining security in the Capitol and Senate buildings, as well as protection of the members.

The sergeant-at-arms also provides assistance to all Senate offices with their staffing, mailing, purchasing and financial needs. In addition, the Senate sergeant-at-arms sits on the three-member Capitol Police Board, which has oversight of the force. The board also consists of the House sergeant-at-arms and the architect of the Capitol.

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