Issaquah Police Department promotes officers Thursday

April 29, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. April 29, 2010

Issaquah Police Department leaders will promote five officers to the new rank of corporal Thursday afternoon.

The department created the rank to serve as a second-in-command for sergeants, and to help the soon-to-be corporals gain more experience and advance their careers.

“This is a great opportunity for our new corporals to receive specialized training and on-the-job experience as supervisors,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said in a news release.

The department will hold a promotion ceremony for the new corporals at 5:30 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Police officials will promote the following officers: Paul Fairbanks, Todd Johnson, Darrin Benko, Christian Munoz and Bill Jarrell.

The department has five sergeants who serve as supervisors for the patrol and detective squads. If a sergeant becomes unavailable due to vacation or training, the department appoints someone as officer in charge for the shift. The new corporal system will provide a backup supervisor for each squad.

The department used testing, performance reviews and interviews to select the corporals. The designees applied for the post.

Officials said the cost for the reclassifications should be minimal. The new rank goes into effect Saturday.

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