Two Columbia police officers promoted

Thursday, January 27, 2011 | 9:24 p.m. CST; updated 9:58 a.m. CST, Friday, January 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — Police Chief Ken Burton promoted two veteran officers Thursday.

Officer Shelley Jones was promoted to lieutenant from sergeant and Brian Richenberger was promoted to captain from lieutenant, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

"I am excited about the contributions these talented police managers will make to the future of the Columbia Police Department," Burton said in the release.

Jones has worked for the department since 1993, serving 12 years on patrol and most recently overseeing the traffic unit for more than three years, according to the release.

In 1996, a man shot Jones in the chest with a shotgun while she walked a fraud suspect to her patrol car. Jones shot back and hit the man in the leg, but the two suspects were able to flee to Las Vegas where they were later arrested, according to the release. Because of the incident, Jones was awarded the Medal of Valor.

Richenberger, who first started at the department in 1997 as a community service aide, was a detective in the narcotics unit, a sergeant supervising the second shift on patrol and the sergeant overseeing the narcotics and street crimes units before he was promoted to lieutenant in 2009.

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