Police Departure

Posted July 8, 2003 at 6:19pm

The chief administrative officer for the Capitol Police, John McWilliam, will leave the department next month to join Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategic management and technology-consulting firm headquartered in McLean, Va.

[IMGCAP(1)] McWilliam joined the Capitol Police in June 2000 as director of financial management. Eight months later, he was selected from more than 150 applicants to be CAO, after being the top-ranked candidate by an independent review panel and receiving the unanimous endorsement of the Capitol Police Board. He previously served 20 years in the Army, retiring as lieutenant colonel.

“John has been instrumental in the reformation of the administration of the department,” Chief Terrance Gainer said in a statement. “His efforts directly contributed to our stellar recruitment efforts, enhanced accounting practices and modernization of equipment.”

James Getter will serve as acting CAO while the force conducts a nationwide search for a replacement. He has served as director of the office of information systems since September 1999, after 28 years of state and federal government service.

Leadership Ladder. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has bolstered his communications shop, hiring veteran GOP flack Jessica Incitto to serve as press secretary in his leadership office. She will serve under Communications Director Burson Taylor.

Incitto is no stranger to the GOP leadership, moving to Blunt’s office from that of House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (Ohio). Incitto handled press for Pryce’s leadership and personal offices.

In 2002, Incitto was a regional press secretary for the Republican National Committee. She also previously put in a stint as deputy press secretary to then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

— Suzanne Nelson and Ben Pershing