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Former Montgomery County police chief to lead U.S. Capitol Police, report says

Manger retired in 2019 after 15 years at helm in Montgomery County

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Former Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger has been selected as the next chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, according to The Associated Press.

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Former Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger has been selected to head the Capitol Police in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to The Associated Press.

Manger served as Montgomery County’s police chief for 15 years and retired in 2019.

The Associated Press cites two unnamed sources who were “not authorized to discuss the selection process” in its report.

Capitol Police and Manger could not immediately be reached on Monday afternoon.

Former Capitol Chief Steven Sund was removed from the position a day after the mob of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Five people died, including a Capitol police officer and a woman who was shot by police.

Manger will replace Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Montgomery County Council member Sidney Katz, who chairs the council’s Public Safety Committee, said he thinks Manger “would be a terrific selection” for the job.

Katz praised Manger’s knowledge of and experience in the area, as well as his ability to communicate with the public.

“He’s a very good communicator, which in itself is something … I think is needed … but it certainly seems he would be someone who would speak to the public, as well as his officers,” Katz said. “He would be someone who is able to communicate with members of Congress, and he would make certain they would become and continue to be the police force they need to be.”

County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz agreed that Manger is a great communicator. He said  Manger’s experience in the D.C. area and work with the Major Cities Chiefs Association will be helpful.

“He knows his way around Washington about as well as anybody,” Albornoz said.

Staff writer Steve Bohnel contributed to this story.