COLUMBIA — Police Chief Ken Burton promoted Officers Mike Lederle and Jill Wieneke to sergeant.
The promotion was effective Sunday.
Lederle has been assigned to the traffic unit, according to a Police Department news release, while Wieneke will look over the new public relations unit.
The new public relations unit will consist of a public information officer, an accreditation manager, a neighborhood response officer and the volunteer program. Wieneke will be the department's liaison to the Citizens' Police Review Board. She will also be in charge of Sunshine Law requests.
"Columbia is a community with a high saturation of journalists, so it takes a lot of time for two people," Wieneke said.
This unit will allow for more opportunities to go out into the community to offer information.
Lederle has been working for the Police Department since 1992. He worked in the investigations department from 1996 until fall 2010. Since then, Lederle has been the coordinator of the department's records management system project, which he will continue to oversee, according to the release.
Wieneke has been with the department since 2005. She began as a patrol officer who worked the midnight shift. She has been the department's second public information officer since 2010.
Burton said in the release that he was pleased to see the officers take their new leadership positions.
"Mike and Jill are fine examples of the high quality and talent of the individuals that work in the Columbia Police Department," Burton said.