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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 24 - September 30, 1999 Community partnership tops list for state's No. I trooper By Kerry Kester Gov. Tom Carper recently ap- pointed Lt. Col. Gerald R. Pepper as superintendent of Delaware State Police. Pepper replaces Col. Alan Ellingsworth, who recently retired from the position he held for five years, with Pepper serv- ing as his deputy superintendent. Carper appointed Lt. Col. William H. Waggaman III to serve as deputy superintendent. "I'm very happy for the organi- zation," said Ellingworth of his replacement. "I'm very happy for Jerry. He will do an excellent job for the citizens of this state." "Jerry has a wealth of experi- ence in fighting crime and work- ing with various constituencies throughout Delaware," said Carp- er. "He understands this adminis- tration's emphasis on keeping criminals off our streets, while emphasizing prevention in our communities to avoid future crimes and future victims. It is an important two-fold effort and one that I believe he is prepared to lead the state police in accom- plishing. I appreciate his willing- ness to assume these additional responsibilities with the state po- lice." Pepper said he is eager to work toward continuing the long tradi- tion of quality:and innovative practices Delaware ;State Police superintendents ,have implmieat- ed i/roccss is a,coniiiadlimb-.ibe einod;: tt corpatm:0opermn flxan all. 'the t, community mem- be and bu,:iuess, Hist0i'ieaily, Pepper said, tee public v/ewed .MW - tmforcement agents =ts crime htyrs oy. ha tt00-past" years,: he said, hat pc;reeptloii has changed to include a broader, mo00ebnlpra00siv00 attitude. To prom0e:cooperation among all .Ddawaw, anS, he Said, the divi- sion will continue its education" programs, such as the citizen's academy, crime prevention acade- my and business academy - all of which have met with resounding success. Through the courses, cit- izens have an opportunity to learn about law enforcement, and po- lice are able to get input regarding community needs. "Our educational programs give people from the com- munity a stake in the delivery of services," said Pepper. Additionally, he said, busi- nesses and service organi- zations have PEPPER become very involved in forming partnerships with police. "They want to be part of what we're all about," said Pepper. "You just don't have law en- forcement that's solely responsi- ble for public safety. Now, organ- izations and businesses are volun- teering to be part of the solution and collectively, we can find solu- tions." Pepper said also of high priority to him is keeping the mechanism in place that allows state police to hire quality, talented and caring people. "That's the real heart of the division," he said. "That's why our recruitment efforts will always be No. 1." Secretary of =he Departmem of Public Safety Brian Bushweller -sffid k was'delighted with Pep-, per.'s appointment. I couldn't be, happier With our new leadershipl team at Delaware State Police,;'. he said. "Jerry and Bill are both very high quality people. They're both very Well.respected by stale police itself, .but .also by people:. : oatsfde the division who, knos .: them.  "I have every confidence they will continue the quality of lead- ership that Alan Ellingsworth pro- vided. Col. Pepper has a high commitment to soverat things ira- portant to me and to Gov. Carper, and they include standards for po- Fully Restored n  Fully remode ed '  1997, this 3 BR. 3 I/'2 2, B& 2 ear garage home ' " :I is situated on a very JIl large lot at the very edge of the city limits. . .... Priced to sell at $225,000. 6207PL PAUL TOWNSEND CATCHES THE WANTED! Boat slips and/or property on Canal. West side only. w00ll pay cash! Prompt 00ttlement! 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Pepper moved from the Cam- den troop to Dover in 1984, where he assumed the position of public information officer work- ing out of headquarters. Several years later, he was promoted to sergeant and picked up responsi- bility for cqordinating media events. Pepper. left that position in 1989,'when he was assigned to ,, manage community services, such as public information, the Victim Services Unit and the Community Services Speaker's Bureau. The following year he moved to Troop 9 in Odessa, when he was promot- ed to lieutenant and assigned to serve as the troop's deputy com- mander. He was promoted to captain in the fall of 1991, then assigned to Internal Affairs Unit as its manag- er. While working in that capaci- ty, he oversaw highly sensitive and confidential internal inquiries and investigations. From that position he moved to the executive staff and was pro- moted to major, beginning service his service there as the operations manager for Kent and Sussex counties. He was appointed to the position" of deputy superintendent in 1994, at which time he wasalso promoted to lieutenant colonel. In that capaCity, he was responsible for overall operations of the state police, including administrating the training academy, personnel, internal affairs and the legal of- rice. Pepper lives in Dover with his wife and two sons. Waggaman's career rich Waggaman, who holds a bache- lor Of science degree in agri- culture from the University of Delaware, was appointed to the state po- lice at the same time as Pepper - Aug. 1, 1975. WAGGAMAN He began his career as a patrol- man assigned to Troop 6 and was Continued on page 15 - LISTING AGREEMENT " 2L . . II0trcanreiax, knoWing you won't be locked : realt, state agent? lt'ssimple. You worry aboutbeing mlo a lengthy or binding oulx ledked bdoa lenglhy' " ast with hs BEnjoy the calibeg of service cenlident enough ompehmt real estali agent, costing your-home valuable . 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