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Two officers promoted to new ranks

Marietta Police Department names sergeant and captain

The Marietta Police Department saw two promotions Monday morning in front of the city building. From the left are Police Chief Aaron Nedeff, Sgt. Jason Wallace, Cpt. Ryan Huffman and Mayor Josh Schlicher.

Detective Sergeant Ryan Huffman, 42, was sworn in as the 10th captain in the 150-year history of the Marietta Police Department Monday morning.

Filling the vacant sergeant spot will be Patrolman Jason Wallace, who was also sworn in Monday.

Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher, who also presided over the swear in in front of Marietta City Hall, said promotions like these aren’t done very often “especially captain and above.”

“In history, Marietta Chief (Brett) McKitrick was here for 20 years and (Roger) Phillis was here for 10 before that. It doesn’t happen very often,” he said.

He noted Wallace was also sworn in Monday “as one was being promoted from sergeant to captain.”

Huffman worked for almost a year at Marietta College before leaving for the MPD, where he was worked for almost 20 years.

“I got promoted to sergeant in 2015 and this is the first test we’ve had for captain that I was eligible for,” he said.

He said he wasn’t 100 percent sure what all of his job duties will be, but “oversight of the different divisions within the police department was what (Chief Aaron) Nedeff did as captain”.

Nedeff said Huffman will make an excellent captain.

“He has always been a leader as well as a hard worker. He has worked as a Major Crimes investigator for over a decade and has a vast range of knowledge in law enforcement operations,” he said.

On hand for his swearing in were his wife, Brittany, who pinned his new badge on, and his mother, Cheryl Huffman.

Wallace is a Marine Corps veteran who has been with the Marietta police for five years “and is highly intelligent and motivated,” Nedeff said.

“For proof, I offer his quick promotion,” he added.

Wallace said his duties will include being in charge of the shift “in a basically middle management position.”

“I’ll also be in charge of checking reports and making sure people are conducting their assigned duties properly,” Wallace said. “Things of that nature.”

Nedeff said both promotions were based on Civil Service test scores.

“For the last two months, three sergeants, Ryan, Errol (Kramer), and Rhett Walters had taken turns being interim captain,” he said. “They were the three sergeants who applied to be interim captain.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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