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01/22/2008 3:12 PM ET
Lucas promoted to lead security department
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Major League Baseball announced today that Earnell Lucas has been promoted to Senior Director of Security & Facility Management and will be responsible for establishing and directing all of MLB's security and facility management policies, procedures and programs. Lucas will report directly to Jimmie Lee Solomon, Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.

Lucas has been with Major League Baseball since 2002, most recently serving as Senior Director of Crisis Response & Facilities and previously as Executive Protection Supervisor. In both roles, he worked closely with federal, state and local law enforcement officials in the planning and implementation of MLB security measures.

Among Lucas' responsibilities will be oversight of all security efforts at baseball's jewel events and the management of the league-wide Resident Security Agent (RSA) program. In addition, he will act as the Commissioner's Office's lead liaison to each Club's Stadium Operations Department.

"Earnell is an accomplished law enforcement official who has been a great asset to me personally and to Major League Baseball's comprehensive security efforts," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "The security department is fundamentally responsible for the welfare of the game's fans, players and clubs, and we are pleased that Earnell will take a leadership role in providing these important and essential duties on behalf of all those who attend and work at Major League ballparks."

Lucas, a decorated 25-year member of the Milwaukee Police Department, served as captain from 1999-2002, supervising over 200 employees. He graduated cum laude from Marquette University with a degree in Criminology and Law Studies. Lucas also is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command, at which he was awarded the Franklin Kreml Leadership Award.

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