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Canton Police Officers Receive Promotions

Three officers' promotions were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.

Lt. Robert Smedley, Sgt. Daniel Traylor and Sgt. Eric Kolke received their new badges and were given their oaths of office during the Canton Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Canton Public Safety Department
Lt. Robert Smedley, Sgt. Daniel Traylor and Sgt. Eric Kolke received their new badges and were given their oaths of office during the Canton Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Canton Public Safety Department
Public Safety promotions recognized at Board Meeting

Recently promoted Public Safety Department command officers received their new badges from Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy, followed by the Oath of Office administered by Township Clerk Terry Bennett during Tuesday night's meeting.

Lt. Robert Smedley was recognized for his recent promotion to the rank of Lieutenant with the Canton Police Department, with 22 years of service. 

In his new position, this Smedley will serve as platoon commander in the patrol division, overseeing the day-to-day operation of his respective shift made up of sergeants, patrol officers & PSSO’s. In addition, he will also be responsible for providing training, direction and motivation of subordinate personnel toward the 
accomplishment of the department’s established goals and objectives. 

Two employees were also recognized for their recent promotion to the rank of Sergeant with the Canton Police Department: Sgt. Daniel Traylor, 20 years of service and Sgt. Eric Kolke, 17 years of service. 

In their new position, these officers will serve as platoon supervisors providing leadership, training and direction to road patrol officers. They will also be responsible for administrative assignments and special projects, under the leadership of their assigned shift commander. 

“We are very excited about our newly promoted command officers and look forward to the contributions they will bring to the leadership team of the Canton Police Department,” said Public Safety Director Todd Mutchler.

Source: news release

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