COLUMBIA — Columbia Police Department Chief Ken Burton announced multiple promotions and staff changes Wednesday, including the promotion of Jill Schlude to deputy chief.
Schlude, the assistant chief of Operations Bureau, has been with Columbia police for nine years and will replace Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard, who announced her retirement in February. Schlude began her career with the department as a patrol officer in 2005, working the midnight shift in the downtown and East Campus areas. She then became the department's public information officer in 2010 and was promoted to sergeant of the Public Relations Unit in 2011.
In 2012 Schlude was one of three final candidates for the deputy chief position, but was ultimately promoted to her current position instead.
Other promotions included:
- Assistant chief of the Operations Bureau (patrol): Lt. John Gordon, currently the Third Shift Patrol lieutenant, will take over this position. Gordon has been with the department since 2000 and has been in his current position since 2013.
- Assistant chief of the Operations Support Bureau: Current Street Crimes Sgt. Jeremiah Hunter will move up to this position. Hunter was hired by the department as a patrol officer in 2005. He is also a SWAT team leader and a captain in the Army Reserve.
- Lieutenant of Third Shift Patrol: Sgt. Jason Jones, current Street Crimes Sergeant, will take over this position. Jones began at the department in 2000 as a narcotics officer and then transitioned to patrol in 2001. He also worked in major crimes, forensics and internal affairs.
- Sergeant as the executive assistant to the chief of police: The current accreditation manager, Officer Bob Dochler, will move to this position. Dochler started working for the department in 2000 to work patrol. Before working as accreditation manager, Dochler worked as a detective in the Domestic Violence Unit from January 2008 to September 2013.
- Sergeant in Operations Bureau (patrol): Officer Chris Boyle, of First Shift Patrol, has been promoted to this position. Boyle's specific beat and shift assignment in this position has not been determined yet. Boyle began working for the force in 2002. He has worked on patrol and the Crisis Intervention Team and was a field training officer.
- Sergeant: Detective Michael Youtsey, currently a domestic violence detective in the Operations Support Bureau, has been promoted to this rank. Youtsey's specific assignment as sergeant has not yet been determined. He has been with the department since 1998 and has worked on patrol and the Crisis Intervention Team.
All promotions go into effect June 1. The promotions ceremony will be June 2; the time and location have yet to be announced.
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