By danny restivo
Gregg Tarr is a 20-year police veteran who lists a bachelor’s and a master’s degree on his resume.
On Monday, his work and determination will pay off when he and three other officers are promoted to sergeant.
“It’s been something I’ve worked for my whole career,” said Tarr. “It’s a real positive thing for me and the other guys to be put in this position.”
Along with Tarr, Sgts. Mike Begeot, Dominick Guarino and Ronald Fusco will be sworn in during a board of trustees meeting Monday night.
The new rank is the first in the department’s history, which now has three sworn positions; chief, sergeant and patrolman.
“These guys can now be my eyes and ears and supervise the other officers,” said Police Chief Todd Coonce.
Coonce said the promotion of four officers allows for smoother operating procedures. He said the new sergeants can carry out certain mandates and directives if he is not present.
Fusco has served as a township officer for 13 years. As a sergeant, he will oversee narcotics activity while setting an example for officers to follow.
“It gives younger guys a goal to strive for,” he said. “Being one of the first four in the township’s history is exciting.”
Trustee Joe Gleydura said the four sergeants will serve a one-year period before the board of trustees decides whether or not to make their promotions permanent. The temporary period will help the trustees set a model for future sergeants to follow, he said.
Gleydura said Begeot will serve as a detective- sergeant, while Guarino and Tarr both will serve as shift sergeants.
Begeot and Guarino have served with the department for 31 and 27 years, respectively, and Tarr has been with the township for 20 years.
Gleydura said trustees interviewed five applicants and promoted the four officers based on experience and an interview performance.
Gleydura said the rank structure adheres to the Fraternal Order of Police and Ohio Labor Council regulations.