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Capitol Police chief takes D.C. job

Police Chief Tim Lane’s new job is greatly expanding his service area – from the Arizona State Capitol to the entire United States.

Lane, who started his new job as a liaison with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of this month, will travel around the country educating law enforcement agencies on FHWA’s law enforcement programs.

Capitol Police Cmmdr. Andrew Staubitz, who was named acting chief, said Lane was happy with his position, but the opportunity was one “he didn’t want to pass up.”

Lane was a long-time commander with the Department of Public Safety before coming to the Capitol Police approximately three-and-a-half years ago. He initially served in a contract role as chief of Capitol Police while working at DPS, and later took the full-time position as Capitol Police chief.

Staubitz has served as acting Capitol Police chief on several occasions before, with one stint lasting two years. He said his focus is on a “seamless transition,” now that Lane has moved on.

“People are not going to see much difference. Right now, I’m just doing the job and making sure criminals don’t feel welcome here at the Capitol and making sure the employees and visitors and elected officials feel safe,” he said. “Being named permanent chief isn’t on the top of my priorities.”

Staubitz said he will submit his résumé if the opportunity arises.

“I have an open door to any state leadership or employees that have any concerns regarding crime in the Capitol area,” said Staubitz. “I encourage people to stay involved.”

– FHWA is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Although state, local and tribal governments own most of the nation’s highways, the organization provides financial and technical support to them for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system. The annual budget of more than $30 billion is funded by fuel and motor vehicle excise taxes.

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