Macon Police Department Promotes Officers

7:43 PM, Jun 13, 2011   |    comments
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Many city officials gathered to salute officers moving up in rank.

Mayor Robert Reichert stopped by to show his support.

The ceremony opened with a prayer and a few words of congratulations and encouragement.

Family members of the chosen few were given medals to pin their police officer with his new honor.

Sixteen were promoted to sergeant and five to lieutenant.

New sergeant Cedric Penson has been in the service for almost nine years and says he's happy his hard work is paying off.

"It's a big step in my life and in my family's life. They know how dedicated I am to the job, and now that my dedication to the job has showed, I can put more time towards my family," says Penson.

Penson says he looks up to his superiors, studies hard, and puts in the work.

Chief Mike Burns says they went through intensive testing and training to earn their promotions.

"Everyone of them proved that they were worth their promotion and they are going to bring new ideas and new ways of doing things to the department," says Burns.

The Macon Police Department has an assessment every two years.

Chief Burns says, "We just got through the sergeants' promotional assessment and the lieutenants' promotional assessment and we were able to fill the vacancies we've had in the past couple of years."

The five officers promoted to Lieutenants were: Wilton Collins, Robert Daniel, David Freeland, Jermaine Gray, and Amy Wheeler.

The sixteen officers promoted to Sergeants were: Jason Batchelor, Kenneth Chapman, Andrew Clarke, Douglas Copeland, Matthew Kaase, Robert Martin, Bobby Newberry, Cedric Penson, Anson Pryde, Richard Senter, William Skinner, Bradley Surfus, Jay Touchton, Matthew Tout, Reginald Washington, and Jeffrey Woodard.

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