Wolf wins Senate's confirmation of state police nominee

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 10, 2015 3:18 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- The state Senate is putting to rest a long-running battle with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf over who will lead the State Police, one of the nation's largest police forces. 

The Senate has unanimously confirmed Tyree Blocker to be the state police commissioner.

Blocker's confirmation comes after majority Republicans voted to reject Wolf's first nominee, Marcus Brown, a former Maryland State Police superintendent. 

He worked his way up through the ranks over a 30-year state police career and was the first African-American commander of Troop J in Lancaster.

Blocker retired from the agency in 2005.  

The 63-year-oldr lives in Chester County. 

The governor's office says Blocker brings a wealth of knowledge about patrols and criminal investigation, including extensive experience in drug enforcement, staff services and administration. 

The  State Police has a $1 billion annual budget and about 6,500 employees. 

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