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Head of Maryland State Police Resigns

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Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown

BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC)- Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown says his is resigning from his post.

Brown said Wednesday in a letter to troopers and civilian employees that he is leaving with a "heavy heart."

Brown thanked Maryland State Police employees for their outstanding service to the citizens of the state. 

“I am in awe of the successes you have achieved,” he said. “Nothing has been more impressive than the work you have done with our local and federal partners to make all Maryland communities safer. Over the past four years, you have helped reduce violent and property crime to historic lows. Homicides across the state are lower than they have been in three decades. More lives were saved on our highways during the period than ever before. If making communities safer and saving lives is our ultimate goal, which it is, your success is unprecedented.”

Brown was appointed superintendent in August 2011 by Gov. Martin O'Malley. O'Malley, a Democrat, will leave office next week; term limits prohibited him from running. Republican Larry Hogan will be sworn in as governor on Jan. 21.

Brown began his career in law enforcement with the Baltimore police department in 1992. In 2007, he was named chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Brown says he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. His resignation is effective on Monday.

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