Promotions announced within police department

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GREENFIELD — Roles and ranks within the Greenfield Police Department are shuffling, and Chief Jeff Rasche hopes these new leadership appointments will help keep the department on a positive path headed into the new year.

Brian Hartman, a veteran of the department’s investigations unit, has been appointed the rank of captain and will take over as the department’s leader of the road patrol division. He takes over for Brian Guinn, who retired earlier this year after nearly 30 years on the force.

Hartman will supervise a new leadership team within the road patrol division. He said he’s eager to be part of this new era in the department’s history.

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Chuck McMichael will become the day shift lieutenant, overseeing the seven officers who patrol Greenfield streets each day.

Jon Anderson, who was a patrolman on the day shift, will join the night shift as a sergeant, helping to oversee the seven officers who work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Officers Corey Decker and Jordan Lewis will become corporals on the night shift, fleshing out the overnight leadership team.

Dale Diefenderfer, formerly a patrolman, will move into the department’s investigations unit to fill the vacancy created by Hartman’s appointment.

Rasche said this shuffling of roles came after months of thought and deliberation. He hopes the promotions will bring clarification of duties within the department and continue their progress and interaction within the community.

The promotions were announced this week during the city’s Board of Works meeting, where Mayor Chuck Fewell congratulated the officers and thanked them for the hard work they do for the city each day.

“I’m very proud of what you do, what you stand for and how you protect us,” he said.