- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Senate is planning a long-awaited hearing on Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to lead the State Police.

The Law and Justice Committee will hold the hearing on acting Commissioner Marcus Brown’s nomination on June 3.

Some retired troopers have criticized Brown, a former Maryland state police superintendent, because he wears a Pennsylvania trooper’s uniform but didn’t attend the State Police Academy or come up through the department’s ranks. Other critics question Brown’s views on law enforcement.

Some senators have said Brown may not have the votes he needs to be confirmed.

But Wolf is standing by Brown and says he’s qualified to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies with about 6,000 personnel.

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