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Leadership roles shift as result of Pittsburgh police union rules

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 11:28 p.m.

Pittsburgh police Acting Chief Regina McDonald said Wednesday she is moving officers into temporary leadership positions in the bureau.

Zone 6 Cmdr. Scott Schubert will become acting commander of the major crimes unit, and Lt. Robert Roth, who oversees narcotics, will become acting commander of narcotics and vice, McDonald said. The changes will take effect Monday.

The two will replace Lts. Kevin Kraus and Daniel Herrmann, who will return to their previous positions in major crimes. McDonald said the moves are necessary because union rules prohibit the lieutenants from serving as acting commanders for longer than 70 days.

She assigned Herrmann to head the narcotics and vice unit in March after transferring squad Cmdr. Cheryl Doubt to the Central Records and Reports Unit.

Kraus became acting commander of major crimes when McDonald named major crimes Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki to succeed her as assistant chief of administration.

McDonald became acting chief when Mayor Luke Ravenstahl forced Nate Harper to resign as police chief on Feb. 20 in response to a federal investigation into police spending. A grand jury indicted Harper in March.

Prosecutors said he directed at least $70,628 into accounts he opened at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union and spent at least $31,986 on meals and drinks, gifts, a TV and other personal items. The money came from businesses that hire off-duty officers.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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