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Former State Police Superintendent from Annapolis Dies

George B. Brosan of Annapolis, former superintendent of the Maryland State Police, died Thursday in Annapolis.

George B. Brosan of Annapolis, former superintendent of the Maryland State Police, died Thursday in Annapolis. File|Patch
George B. Brosan of Annapolis, former superintendent of the Maryland State Police, died Thursday in Annapolis. File|Patch
An Annapolis man who served on the New York City Police Department, as a Drug Enforcement Agency administrator and in the Customs Service before leading the Maryland State Police has died.

Col. George B. Brosan of Annapolis died Thursday evening after a lengthy illness. He served as Maryland State Police superintendent from Nov. 1, 1985 to April 22, 1987. 

“Colonel Brosan led the members of the Maryland State Police by example and served the people of our state with a diligent commitment to excellence,” Col. Marcus Brown said in a statement. “He recognized the important statewide public safety role of the Maryland State Police and worked throughout his tenure to enhance the effectiveness of the law enforcement services our troopers and civilian employees provided to our citizens.”

Gov. Harry Hughes appointed Brosan to the position of Maryland State Police superintendent. His appointment came following the retirement of the previous superintendent, Col. Wilbert T. Travers Jr. 

Prior to his appointment as superintendent, Brosan had served in law enforcement for 26 years.

He was a member of the New York Police Department from 1959 until 1962, when he became a special agent for the U.S. Customs Service. In 1973, he joined the Drug Enforcement Administration. He served as Special Agent In Charge of the Baltimore office from 1977 to 1984, before being appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator of the DEA. 

According to a WordPress blog created under Brosan's name, his private work experience includes two years with corporate security at Northern Telecom, in Nashville, Tenn., and seven years in corporate security at the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company.

The final five years of his career were back in government service as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the State of Maryland.


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