Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel announced this week what he called the largest number of promotions at one time that the department has made in several decades.
In an email sent Thursday afternoon, he called the promotion of “outstanding supervisors and commanders” both gratifying and important.
“The last two months have been momentous in our history, as we have been able to promote nine sergeants, effectively addressing the large number of acting sergeants in Patrol,” he wrote in an email to members of the department. “And today I am proud to announce the next round of promotions.”
The Seattle Police Department announced the following promotions, effective Aug. 2, 2013:
Eric Sano, promoted to captain
Steven Wilske, promoted to captain
Carmen Best, promoted to captain
Brett Rogers, promoted to lieutenant
Steve Strand, promoted to lieutenant
Bryan Grenon, promoted to lieutenant
Daniel Amador, promoted to sergeant
Shanon Anderson, promoted to sergeant
David Hockett, promoted to sergeant
A badge-pinning ceremony was held Friday morning at police headquarters, with a formal promotion ceremony planned for mid-September.
“We believe this occasion will recognize the largest number of promotions in the Seattle Police Department in several decades,” Pugel wrote.
Also as part of the announcement, Pugel detailed the following transfers, effective Aug. 14, 2013:
Captain Robin Clark, on loan to Chief of Police as acting assistant chief
Captain Michael Washburn, transferring to Human Resources
Captain Chris Fowler, transferring to Professional Standards Section
Captain David Emerick, transferring to North Precinct
Captain Ronald Leavell, transferring to UASI-Homeland Security
Lt. Eric Greening, transferring to Internal Investigations
Lt. David Clavadetscher, transferring to CBRNE/Arson/Bomb
Lt. Matthew Allen, transferring to SWAT
Lt. Kenneth Hicks, transferring to Traffic
Lt Janet L. Cordner, transferring to North
Lt. Greg Sackman, transferring to North 2nd watch
Lt. John Heneghan, transferring to North 3rd watch
Lt. Ronald Rasmussen, transferring to East 2nd watch
Lt. Michael Kebba, transferring to Homicide
Lt. Phillip Hay, transferring to GIU/Abate/Fort/Camera
Lt. James Fitzgerald, transferring to Vice Admin
“All of our promotees, and those assuming new areas of command and responsibility, deserve our thanks for their service,” Pugel wrote. “This is a great day for the Seattle Police Department. Stay safe, and know that I hold the men and women of the Seattle Police Department in the highest esteem.”