Mar 232016
 

By Naomi Hatch
Three members of the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department have been promoted, according to Chief Larry Scarber.
Lt. Bobby Martin was recently promoted from sergeant.
“After being here six months I felt this was a good move; he did well as interim chief,” Scarber advised the Snowflake Town Council March 8.
Martin served as interim chief following the retirement of Chief Jerry VanWinkle, as the searched for a new chief was conducted.
“We haven’t had one (a lieutenant) for several years,” Chief Scarber told the council.
“I’m excited to serve the community with a higher standing,” said Martin.
“We appreciated your work earlier when you were acting chief,” said Mayor Tom Poscharsky. “It is working well all the way around.”
A sergeant who has achieved five or more years of experience as a sergeant is eligible for promotion to senior sergeant, Chief Scarber explained.
Sgts. Alan DeWitt and Dan Rush were both promoted to senior sergeant during the March 1 promotion ceremony.
Rush is senior sergeant of the Patrol Division and DeWitt is senior sergeant of Investigations.
Also honored at the ceremony was retired chief Jerry VanWinkle, who served the STPD for 24 years, and as chief from 2005 to 2014.
Chief Scarber honored VanWinkle and presented him with his badge, which was refurbished and mounted on a plaque.
“We are proud of our officers and congratulate them on their accomplishments,” said the chief.

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Bobby Martin (center) receives congratulations from Becca Martin and Chief Larry Scarber on his recent promotion to lieutenant for the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department.

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Dan Rush (center) receives congratulations from Sally Rush and Chief Larry Scarber on his recent promotion to senior sergeant of the Patrol Division for the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department.

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Alan DeWitt (center) receives congratulations from Lt. Bobby Martin (left) and Chief Larry Scarber (right) on his recent promotion to senior sergeant of the Investigation Division for the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department.

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Retired Snowflake-Taylor police chief Jerry VanWinkle (left) receives a plaque displaying his badge and thanks for his service to the department from Chief Larry Scarber (right).