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5 promoted to rank of Lieutenant in Hancock County

Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 09:53 PM EST

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -- The Hancock County Sherrif’s Department held a first in terms of swearing-in ceremonies Friday, as in it’s the first time lieutenants were able to become a part of the rank structure.

Five men were promoted to lieutenants, with Sherrif Ralph Fletcher saying a great support system at home has helped them along their rise.

“It’s a good day for our department,” Fletcher said. “It’s a good day in many ways. We’ve got some experienced men who have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. With that comes a lot more responsibility and a lot more responsibility than what they’ve had in the past.’’

Lieutenant Chuck Stanley, one of the men promoted, says after a written exam and interviews, he and the other four were the top candidates.

“We are all excited to further the department,” he said. “… The sheriff has a lot of great plans for the future of the department, and we’re all on board with him.”

Fletcher says the lieutenants’ new responsibilities include being part of the decision-making process as well as developing policy and procedures. They will continue to run the crew.

5 promoted to rank of Lieutenant in Hancock County


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