The Rockingham Police Department promoted five law enforcement officers to various positions on Wednesday.
“This is a big day in the Rockingham Police Department,” said Monty Crump, city manager.
Family and other members of the department attended a pinning ceremony at City Hall to honor the officers.
Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said that between the five officers, “…there is 61 years of law enforcement experience.”
Kelly said he has had the opportunity to watch the officers for most, if not all, of their careers.
Lieutenant Eddie Grant was promoted to Captain and Assistance Police Chief and will act as Chief if Kelly is absent.
Sergeant Richard Greene was promoted to Lieutenant/Patrol Commander.
Shawn Paxton, who is currently in the Patrol Division, was promoted to the Detective Division.
Officer Marcus Ricks, who is currently on the traffic team, was promoted to Senior Patrol Officer and will be responsible for the daily activities of the traffic team.
Glen Harris, who is currently Senior Patrol Officer for the night shift, was promoted to Sergeant and will move to the day shift.
“I look forward to working for the City of Rockingham and making the city a safe place,” Grant said. All of the officers thanked Kelly, Crump, the Rockingham mayor and the city council members.
Ricks said that he understands that overlooking the highways is important and he will do the best job he can. Harris thanked his family for the support they’ve given him.
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