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Baker names public safety director

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker has named a former county corrections director to oversee all of the public safety agencies in Prince George’s.

Barry L. Stanton, currently the Frederick County manager, will be the Prince George’s public safety director, a job that Baker (D) had said he was considering eliminating.

Stanton, 54, will oversee the police, fire and corrections departments and the office of homeland security. He served as head of corrections in the administrations of former Prince George’s executives Wayne K. Curry (D) and Jack B. Johnson (D).

In 2007, Stanton left Prince George’s to become Frederick County’s assistant manager, and late last year he became county manager.

Baker’s appointment of Stanton is not subject to County Council confirmation.

Baker had previously told associates that he was considering eliminating the post as a cost-saving measure.

“County Executive Baker has reevaluated his previous decision and has come to the realization that the [public safety post] is a needed position for the administrative capacities of the county executive office as well as to best ensure the public safety of county residents,” said Baker spokesman Scott Peterson, who said Stanton’s salary was being worked out.

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