Robert Disinger, President*
Beginning his MCP career in the Silver Spring District in 1967, Robert Disinger served as a patrol officer, in AIU (traffic) and as a motorman. He transferred to the Germantown District in 1980 as one of the original complement of personnel when the station opened. This was followed by two-year stint in the Management and Budget office at police headquarters. He returned to Germantown before retiring as a Corporal in January 1992. He joined the Frederick County Sheriff's Office as a Constable in their civil division before retiring in December 2008. Bob is a charter member of both FOP Lodge 35 and the MCPAA and was a 25-year member of the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club. He is married to our former Recording Secretary, Eileen Disinger. They have two sons and four grandchildren. He enjoys cruising with Eileen in their black Thunderbird convertible. They recently moved to Florida.
John R. "Jack" Hack, Vice President*
After a brief time with the Metro Transit Police Department, Jack joined MCP in 1982 where his initial assignment was in Rockville on Shift 4 under Sergeant Carol Mehrling. Jack was transferred to Rockville SAT and to Headquarters where he helped create the departments initial Polygraph program. Jack was promoted to Corporal and in 1994 Sergeant was again reassigned to the CBD in Silver Spring. Jack was later reassigned to Family Crimes Division until 2004 when promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned back to Silver Spring and eventually Rockville. Jack is currently enjoying his position as Manager with GlaxoSmithKline in Rockville and is living in Olney, MD with his wife, Susan of thirty years. They have three sons, two who are on their own and gainfully employed and one completing his education at Towson University.
Paul Sterling, Immediate Past President*
Paul retired from MCP on March 12, 2005 where he was serving as a Corporal in the Collision Reconstruction Unit in Special Operations Division. Paul also served as a SWAT medic and conflict negotiator in SOD. Paul started his career in Wheaton patrol and later rode a motor in the Wheaton Traffic Squad. Paul was equally devoted to his service in the fire/rescue service. He served as Chief of the Wheaton Rescue Squad for many years. Following his retirement from MCP, Paul served a term as President of the Maryland State Fireman's Association.
Jean Main Finkleman, Treasurer and Membership Secretary*
Jean was with MCP for 31 years, serving in Records, EOC, Wheaton-Glenmont, Germantown and Crime Analysis at Headquarters.
Jean and her husband Ray continue to teach fencing at the Chevy Chase Community Center in D.C.
Donna Howard, Recording Secretary*
Donna retired at the beginning of 2016 with over 28 years of service. She began her career assigned to the Germantown District. In January1997, she was promoted to the rank of corporal and transferred to the Silver Spring District. Approximately, four months later she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the newly formed Central Processing Unit. After several months at CPU she transferred back to Germantown, where she supervised a beat team. When a pilot project was developed for a new shift plan with permanent shift hours, Donna volunteered to be transferred to the Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village Substation. Eventually, the Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village substation became the 6th District station where her last assignment was before retiring.
Norman Queen, Chaplain*
Norman was born February 25th 1938 To James E. & Mary E. Queen, of Bethesda, Md, the last of eight children. Graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, then enlisted in the United States Air Force for a 4 year tour of duty. Following boot camp, returned home and married the love of my life since the 8th grade, Phyllis M. Royce on April 6, 1957 and after 60 years we are still together. Became a jet aircraft mechanic in the Air Force and graduated from mechanics school in the #1 position. Following my last tour of duty at Kadena Airbase on Okinawa, returned home and was discharged.
With encouragement from my brother John, I became a Montgomery County Police officer on February 8th 1961. The Lord blessed me throughout my career in law enforcement and I received the following promotions: Pfc Feb 8, 1961, Corporal May 15, 1966, Det Sergeant April 9, 1972, then back in uniform as a Shift Sergeant, then as Traffic Sergeant at Bethesda and then Traffic Sergeant at Rockville, Lieutenant March 1, 1981 as a Sector Commander in the Rockville District until retirement March 31, 1984.
I truly loved my job and career in law enforcement, but it wasn't my only career as I had another one on-going and that was music. For 60 years I have worked with a variety of country music bands as a vocalist, lead guitar player and pedal steel guitar player. Although we never made the “big time”, we have opened for numerous Nashville road shows and individual artists and played for a thousand dances and shows.
My mantra “Have Guitar – Will Travel”
Diane Quinn Tillery, Merchandise Director and Membership Chair*
Diane retired in 2012 and is currently employed as an investigator with the Frederick County States Attorney's Office. She lives in Boyds with her husband Chris and is the mother of three adult-age children. In her spare time, Diane loves to travel. Eventually she would like to retire to the Myrtle Beach area.
Robert E. "Bob" Philo, Communications Director*
Bob joined MCP in 1963 and was originally stationed at WG on Shift 3. He was one of the first officers trained as a Breathalyzer Operator by MSP. Later, he was transferred to K-9. Then back to WG as a Detective Cpl. When the Major Fraud Unit was formed in Rockville, he was transfered there and promoted to Sgt. In 1972 Bob, who got all of his undergraduate and law school hours while on-the-job, passed the Maryland Bar Exam. In 1973 he left MCP to open his own law office in Olney. In 1980 Bob moved to Texas and was admitted to the bar there. Bob still resides in Texas and is semi-retired.
Don Pohlmann, Member at Large
Don retired from MCP in 2004 after a 29-year career. Don had varied assignments in his career including W/G and SS Patrol, Alcohol Enforcement Unit, SAT, Crime Analyst, and 12 years as Detective in the Financial Crimes Division. His final four years were spent with the Technology Division working on the PS2000 Project, a communications upgrade program during which he coordinated the installation of radios and computers in the police fleet. Don enjoys woodworking and tinkering with his antique Plymouth. Don is the facilities coordinator at his Church in Olney, Maryland. Don and his wife Chris, a Member at Large, reside in Damascus, Maryland.
Chris Pohlmann, Member at Large
When she first served on this board, we knew her as Chris Cocuzzi. In the Spring of 2008, Don and Chris Pohlmann were united in Holy Marimony in Olney, Maryland. The two have become inseparable and were both often seen selling MCPAA merchandise at various functions. Chris started her career in criminal justice as a District Court Commissioner in Silver Spring. She then applied and became a police officer with Montgomery County in 1974. She started her career as a patrol officer in the Silver Spring District and also worked for seven years in the Pawn Unit before retiring in 2002. Following retirement, Chris started working as a volunteer at the Children's Inn at NIH, and also is also very involved with COPS, the Concerns of Police Survivors organization dedicated to helping families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. In her spare time, Chris also works as a driver education instructor. Chris and Don live near Damascus and enjoy walking their dogs together and camping.
Karl Plitt, Member at Large
Karl retired from MCPD on 1 January 2003, after 28+ years of service. At that time Karl was the senior Tactical Medic, having started that program in 1979 with Paul Sterling. Karl served in Bethesda, along the river in Cabin John & Glen Echo. From there Karl went on to get involved in emergency preparedness, specialized vehicles, HAZMAT training for the department, and major event logistics ("Tactical Catering") He now lives in Spring Hill, TN, near Nashville. Karl & his wife Pam volunteer with Tri-State Collie Rescue. He is also a crew member & medic with the LST 325, an historic WWII Landing Ship Tank (LST) that landed tanks on the beach on D-Day.
Ed Joiner, Member at Large
Edward H. Joyner, III, served with Montgomery County Police from 1958 to 1980. I began my career serving out of the Silver Spring Police District in patrol shift work, traffic squad and motorcycle duty for nine years. I had the good fortune to be assigned to the original academy staff as a staff instructor in 1970. Then I was the commander, entrance level training (new officer candidates). I served as a shift supervisor at Rockville, Wheaton-Glenmont, and Bethesda Police districts; returned to the academy as deputy director and then held the position of acting director of the police academy for a short period. For the past 25 years, the academy staff has invited me back to give an inspirational presentation to the new officer candidates and at graduation, I present the Sgt. Edward H. Joyner III Class Speaker Award, an award named in my honor.
I have been honored for the past 20 years to participate in the Fallen Officers ceremony speaking on the Code of Honor.
In 1967 and 1968, served as President of the Police Association for Montgomery County. In 1969-70 I served on the Board of Directors (MCP). I served as president of the Police Instructors Association of Maryland (1965) and am an active member of the FOP (MCP). I am a charter member of MCP Alumni Association and have served as regional director for the state of Delaware for the past 20 years.
Alanna Ward, Member at Large
Alanna Ward began her career in law enforcement in 1991 at the Washington County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy in their Correctional Division. She briefly served with the Sheriff”s Department in Frederick County before she joined the Montgomery County Police Department in 1994. During her career with Montgomery County she had the opportunity to represent the department in the following assignments; Patrol Officer in the Rockville District, D.A.R.E instructor in the Special Operations Division, Warrant/District Court Summons Officer in the District Court Liaison Office, Detective (long-temporary assignment) in the Fugitive Unit and District Detective in the Rockville Investigative Section. She is currently serving on the Montgomery County Victim Service Advisory Board (VASAB) and volunteering with the Montgomery County Police Department’s Peer Support Team.
*Each officer and each director with a job-specific title is also an elected member at large.
The position of our newsletter's Cheif Editor is vacant. Jack Toomey is our historian. Jerry Bromley and Steve Lansing are our Past Presidents Advisory Committee. Cathy Sterling (DE), Donald Hearn (DE), Tom Lantzy (FL), Nick Cocuzzi (FL), Bobby Howell (FL), Joe Troianno (NC), Thomas Redding (PA), Joan Preller (SC), Thomas Cawood (TN) and John Crabill (WV) are regional representatives.
Updated April 2, 2018
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