Several Jefferson City Police Department officers will take new positions thanks to promotions and transfers, effective Aug. 26.
Capt. Doug Shoemaker left the department in May to become police chief in Grand Junction, Colorado. Shoemaker had been responsible for JCPD's detectives, narcotics, community services, traffic and public affairs. Police Chief Roger Schroeder began the process of finding someone to fill Shoemaker's former position.
"The selection process is intended to promote fairness and base promotions on performance, both past job performance and performance during the selection process," Schroeder said. "That's why we rely on individuals outside our organization."
Schroeder involved Missouri Police Chief's Association Executive Director Sheldon Lineback and Jefferson City Human Resources Director Gail Strope in the selection process.
Schroeder announced Thursday during a meeting of the Police Personnel Board that Lt. Deric Heislen had been promoted to captain to fill Shoemaker's position. Heislen has been a lieutenant with the department since 2007. Among the services he will oversee are Animal Control and Communications.
Sgt. Chad Stieferman has been promoted to lieutenant and will work under Heislen. Stieferman has been with the department for 15 years and served as a sergeant for approximately four years.
Officer Robert Shearer has been promoted to sergeant and will serve under Capt. Eric Wilde. Shearer has been with the department for 13 years.
Lt. David Williams was named training coordinator for the department's Office of Professional Standards. He also will serve as the primary public information officer for the department.
Schroeder also announced Officer Erik Boyum has been assigned as a school resource officer. The specific school where he will work has yet to be determined.
"All officers who participated in the promotional process are to be commended for their preparation and participation, as well as their commitment to the agency," Schroeder said. "The decisions were extremely difficult, which speaks to the quality of our personnel."
Police personnel board members were told the department has hired two new police officers to fill two positions that became open when two officers left to work for the Boone County Court System. The two new officers will start Monday as trainees, earning $37,485. The department is still looking to fill one officer position.