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Police officer retires, 2 in line for promotion

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 2:55 a.m.

Two Greensburg police officers are in line for promotions this month because a veteran police lieutenant retired last month.

City administrator Thomas Sphon said officials are interviewing two candidates for police lieutenant and more than 10 officers for the sergeant's position. Council may approve the promotions at its meeting Monday.

Lt. Ronald Waugaman, who served on the city police force for 31 years, retired Jan. 18., leaving the department with only two lieutenants - Walter Lyons and Dennis George.

Greensburg's contract with the Fraternal Order of Police General Greene Lodge No. 56 requires the city to promote from within, so the sergeant will come from the ranks of the patrolmen. Because the candidate for the lieutenant's position must hold the rank of at least a sergeant for one year, Waugaman's retirement also created the need for another sergeant.

Patrolmen seeking promotion to sergeant must have at least five years of service on the force. Police Chief Richard Baric said most of the patrolmen eligible for the promotion applied for the sergeant's post.

The city intends to hire another police officer to fill the slot left vacant by the promotion of a patrolman to sergeant. Baric said the hiring probably will not occur until May because of the hiring must follow the Civil Service procedures.

The Greensburg Civil Service Commission will conduct an examination to develop a new list of candidates for police jobs because the current list is two years old, Sphon said. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have completed at least 60 college credits in a program with major emphasis on criminology, law enforcement, corrections or a similar field.

Applications are available weekdays until 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the police department in City Hall. The city's Civil Service Commission will administer the exam 9 a.m. March 9 at Greensburg Salem High School.

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