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Minerva PD promotes two to rank of sergeant

By SARA KLEIN News Leader Staff Writer Published: March 9, 2017 12:00 AM
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Minerva patrolmen William Haines and Larry Gardner were promoted to the rank of police sergeant during swearing-in ceremonies at the Feb. 28 meeting of Minerva Village Council.

Haines joined the Minerva Police Department in 2010 after working in the Carroll County Jail and as a member of the Lake Mohawk Patrol. He is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. army infantry who served for two years in Iraq.

Haines's wife, Michele, held the Bible on which he placed his hand while Mayor James Waller gave him the oath of service.

Gardner, who joined Minerva's police force soon after graduating from police academy, has served the department for the past seven years.

His wife Emily held the Bible for his swearing-in as their daughter Grayce looked on.

Police Chief Chris Miller said the promotions of Haines and Gardner, along with the promotion of Charles Kopp in January, have enabled him to establish a full command staff for the police department.

Each sergeant will head up a shift of patrolmen, allowing the department to have round-the-clock leadership, said Miller.


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