The Capitol Police Board today announced that the force’s new chief will be Kim C. Dine, the current chief of the Frederick Police Department in Maryland. Dine, who started his career in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, will assume the post in mid-December.
The board, chaired by House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and comprised of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer and Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, conducted a three-month nationwide search that featured a vast applicant pool of internal and external candidates.
“Chief Dine brings a wealth of experience in security and law enforcement and I am confident that he will continue to advance the Department’s ability to successfully achieve its unique mission,” Irving said in the statement.
Dine has led the police department of Frederick, the second largest city in Maryland, for the past 10 years. Previous to that, he worked for MPD in a variety of roles, including as assistant police chief and commander of the First District, which includes the area surrounding the Capitol. He ended his tenure as assistant chief for the Office of Professional Responsibility.
“I had the pleasure of working closely with Kim Dine at the Metropolitan Police Department and then watching him develop as the law enforcement chief executive in Frederick,” Gainer, who earlier in his career served with the MPD, said in the release. “In all his leadership roles, Kim has proven to be smart, creative, results-driven and always dedicated to the well-being of the officers who work for him and the communities they serve.”
Since Phillip Morse’s decision to resign as chief of police in May, his second-in-command, Thomas Reynolds, had been filling in as acting head of the force. Reynolds, rumored to have been seeking the job full-time, was thanked by the police board in its announcement today.
The news that an external candidate — with 37 years of experience in law enforcement — was selected for the post will likely please the Capitol Police Labor Committee. President Jim Konczos and others in union leadership roles have said they would prefer an outside chief who could bring changes to the way department top brass operates.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.