Gov. Wolf nominates state police commissioner

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf has nominated a retired major with 30 years of experience with the Pennsylvania State Police to be the agency’s next commissioner.

Tyree C. Blocker would succeed Col. Marcus Brown, Wolf’s first pick for the job, if confirmed by the state Senate. He will serve as acting commissioner pending confirmation.

Blocker, of Chester County, started his career with the state police in 1975 as a trooper. He was promoted to major before retiring in 2005.

After retiring from the State Police, Blocker worked at George Mason University as a technical adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and then as an adviser to the minister of national security for the Trinidad and Tobago government.

When asked about Blocker, Retired State Trooper Larry Jones said, “I sent a message to the Governor on Facebook that this would be a good person for the position.”

Senate Republicans voted against Brown in June. His nomination was opposed by Republicans and the troopers’ union after Brown was videotaped removing signs critical of him from his Hampden Township neighborhood.

The signs, posted by a former trooper, criticized Brown’s decision to wear a state police uniform, despite not attending the State Police Academy.

Jones said it will be different with Blocker.

“For 30 years, he brings what is needed to lead the organization. He has dealt with all type of supervision as a corporal all the way up to major,” said Jones.

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