Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday nominated William M. Pallozzi as the next superintendent of the Maryland State Police, tapping a 25-year veteran of the force who has risen through the ranks.
Pallozzi, who is slated to become a colonel, has held an array of leadership positions within the state police force, including commander of the Executive Protection Section, which provides security for the governor and other elected officials. He began his career with the Maryland State Police as a patrol trooper in 1989.
“I am confident that he will lead the men and women of this respected agency with the utmost integrity and will work tirelessly to protect and serve all the citizens of Maryland,” Hogan said in a statement.
The post, which is subject to confirmation by the state Senate, is among the last of roughly two dozen Cabinet positions Hogan has sought to fill since taking office Jan. 21.
Besides overseeing an organization that patrols the state’s highways, Pallozzi would play a key role in implementing the state’s firearms policies, an issue of controversy during Hogan’s campaign last year against Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D).
Hogan has said he has no plans to seek repeal of a sweeping gun-control law passed in 2013. But Brown argued that Hogan, who was backed by the National Rifle Association, could make administrative changes to loosen gun regulations.
Other positions held by Pallozzi during his career include chief of staff in the Office of the Superintendent, chief of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and chief of the Support Services Bureau. In his last role, Hogan’s office said, Pallozzi oversaw multiple projects and programs affecting the entire organization.
Pallozzi was in the news in 2013 during the fallout from a Washington Post report that then-Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) had directed troopers assigned to him to exceed the speed limit and run red lights.
After Gansler questioned the motives of a State Police commander, calling him a “henchman” for Gansler’s political opponents, Pallozzi stepped forward to defend the commander and the integrity of the police.