4 vacancies filled on police force

The Marietta Police Department roster is filling out.

The department recently filled the final of four patrolman positions that have been vacant due to recent retirements and resignations.

Marietta resident Errol Kramer, 36, and Parkersburg residents Jeremy Pinkerton, 28, and Jake Dennison, 24, are the force’s newest patrolmen.

The three join Marietta resident Mike Harlow, 22, who filled the department’s first vacancy in May.

All four hires have both educational and employment background in law enforcement.

Dennison, who started training with the department July 22, holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University.

“I also worked for the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office, as a sort of deputy and intern,” he said.

Kramer, who was hired July 29, has an Associates Degree in Pre-Law and previously worked for the Grove Police Department in Grove, Okla.

Kramer, a Fort Frye graduate, is originally from the area.

“It’s a great place to make a career. This area is really growing,” he said.

The most recent hire, Pinkerton, started Monday and notes that the Marietta Police Department is a well-organized department with a lot of great benefits.

Pinkerton comes to MPD after working for the Parkersburg City Police for five years. He holds a degree in Justice Studies from Kent State University.

The hires will go a long way toward easing some of the overtime load Marietta Police officers have been experiencing lately, but not immediately, noted Marietta Police Capt. Jeff Waite.

“They’re not able to work on their own yet. They still have to go through a training period,” he said.

Pinkerton and Dennison also need to attend the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus, said Waite. The academy will be their full-time job from Aug. 21 through Dec. 20, he added.

The department also expects another vacancy within the month. Patrolman Ralph Newell, a veteran of more than 30 years, is expected to retire in late August.

On the bright side, Harlow has been quickly learning the ropes and should finish his training period in the near future, said Waite.

Hopefully, all four new hires will be fully trained and patrolling on their own by February or March, he added.