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UPDATE: No Controversy and 'a Lot of Contentment'

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 10, 2005; Page C02

The last time the Washington region heard much from Charles A. Moose was in June 2003, when the Montgomery County police chief resigned amid criticism from county ethics officials that he was cashing in on his job by writing a book about the 2002 serial sniper case that made him a national celebrity.

Then he quietly vanished from the Washington area -- and the spotlight.

Ex-Montgomery police chief Charles A. Moose is "very much in demand on the lecture circuit," says a member of the firm that books his speeches.

Almost two years later, Moose lives on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where his wife, Sandy, said he has been riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and otherwise enjoying life.

"There's a lot of contentment," Sandy Moose said recently in a phone interview.

Moose, 51, hasn't been enjoying the Hawaiian breezes much lately, though. He's in San Antonio, in the third month of a six-month active duty call-up as a major for the Air National Guard. Sandy Moose said that he is on special assignment studying non-lethal weapons and that regulations prohibit him from giving interviews.

The sniper investigation still defines Moose's professional life. As he travels the country, giving speeches about leadership and crisis management, most audiences ask about his role in capturing the two men who killed 10 people and wounded three in the Washington area, terrorizing the region for three weeks.

Gary McManis, vice president of Arlington-based Keppler Speakers, which books Moose's speaking engagements, said the former chief gives about 30 speeches a year to business organizations, trade groups and colleges and universities. He declined to comment on Moose's speaking fees.

"He's very active and very much in demand on the lecture circuit," McManis said.

Moose also gives occasional paid speeches on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, speaking out against racial profiling by police, an ACLU official said.

Moose's book, "Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper," was published in September 2003.

Although Moose was a finalist for the job of Minneapolis police chief in late 2003, he's not pursuing law enforcement work, his wife said.

Still, Sandy Moose added, "if it's God's will that he goes back into a job, if someone has something that needs to be done, I think he'd be receptive."

-- Katherine Shaver

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