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Baltimore City’s Police Integrity Unit gets new chief

A prosecutor of corrupt politicians will turn her attention to wayward police officers beginning Nov. 1 as head of the Police Integrity Unit under Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

Shelly S. Glenn, now senior assistant state prosecutor, will investigate and prosecute alleged police misconduct, as well as help ensure the state’s attorney’s office meets ethical and professional obligations regarding disclosure of information in criminal cases, the office said Friday.

“Shelly Glenn is a tremendous addition to our office,” Bernstein said in a statement. “In addition to her technical skills as a prosecutor, she possesses a great deal of experience handling cases involving misconduct by public servants.”

Glenn replaces Janice Bledsoe, who was appointed to the newly formed unit in April 2011. Bledsoe left the position in August “to pursue other opportunities,” Bernstein’s spokesman, Mark Cheshire, said Friday. Chief Deputy State’s Attorney George J. Hazel has been heading the unit in the interim.

“We’re sorry to see her go, but it’s a great gain” for the state’s attorney’s office, State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said of Glenn.

“She is passionate about her work,” he added. “We will miss her.”

As for Glenn’s replacement, Davitt said “a lot of people” have expressed interest in the senior-assistant position.

“We will be replacing Shelly as soon as we possibly can, but nothing definite right now,” he added.

Glenn has been in the state prosecutor’s office since 2008. Before that, she served for 11 years in the Anne Arundel County state’s attorney’s office.

In the statement released by Bernstein’s office, Glenn said she shares his “commitment to serve the public by aggressively pursuing allegations of misconduct, no matter who the suspects are or what kind of office they hold.”

She did not respond to a telephone message left on her office answering machine Friday.

Glenn recently participated in the successful prosecution of Del. Tiffany T. Alston, D-Prince George’s, for theft and misconduct in office. An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury in June found Alston had illegally paid an employee in her law office about $800 in state funds by characterizing the worker as a member of her legislative staff.

On Tuesday, Alston reached a plea agreement that requires her to complete 300 hours of community service, pay $800 in restitution and three years of supervised probation. The plea deal also resolved a pending criminal charge that Alston had used campaign money to pay for her wedding.

Daniel Friedman, the General Assembly’s counsel, issued an opinion this week stating that Alston was suspended from the legislature by operation of law once Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. sentenced her Tuesday.