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Posted at 1:48 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Nesky appointed as Bowie police chief

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

The City of Bowie has appointed Acting Police Chief John Nesky to lead the department of 48 officers in a permanent capacity, officials announced Thursday.

Nesky, who had been serving as the acting chief since Katherine Perez left for another job in November, was among 130 applicants and five finalists for the permanent chief's job, officials said. The city had launched a national search using a consulting firm to find a new chief - a search that is expected to cost about $20,000 once all the bills are added up, said city communications coordinator Una Cooper.

In a news release, Bowie city manager David Deutsch praised Nesky as an "excellent leader" who "has already established strong ties with the Bowie community." Nesky graduated from the University of Maryland in 1988 with a degree in Criminal Justice, officials said. He worked as the chief of the District Heights Police Department before coming to Bowie, officials said. He was the department's deputy chief under Perez.

Nesky said his top priority is to "continue to grow the department," giving special attention to the new criminal investigation unit it formed in November. The department had previously relied on county police detectives to investigate its mid-level crimes, such as assaults.

Nesky, who was paid a $95,000 salary as deputy chief, will be making $110,000 as chief, Deutsch said. He said Perez was making $119,000 when she left the department.

Nesky will be sworn in as police chief at a city council meeting on March 21, officials said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 10, 2011; 1:48 PM ET
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