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New Law Enforcement Museum Hires Former Newseum Chief

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Organizers behind the National Law Enforcement Museum being built in Washington have named the Newseum’s former executive director to help lead the new museum.

The law enforcement museum announced Thursday that Joe Urschel has been hired as executive director to oversee the development, construction and the expected 2013 opening of the museum.

Urschel was a journalist for 20 years at the Detroit Free Press and USA Today. He became executive director of the Newseum in 1996 to launch its first site in Arlington, Va. Urschel later led the effort to move the Newseum to its current location on Pennsylvania Avenue, where it opened in 2008. He left the Newseum last year.

Law enforcement museum Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd says Urschel knows how to tell a story in a compelling and engaging way.

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