Six deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were promoted during a ceremony on Aug. 4 at the new justice center.
Those promoted were Lt. Carrie Dowdy, Sgt. Cynthia LaRue, Sgt. Angela Vaughn, Cpl. Allison Testerman, Cpl. Michael Comstock and Cpl. Ron Patterson.
Dowdy was promoted from her rank as sergeant to fill a new lieutenant position at the county detention center approved during the July meeting of the Crawford County Quorum Court.
Dowdy has been with the CCSD for 16 years, said Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown.
“Our choice for that was easy,” Brown said.
Dowdy is excited for her promotion and new responsibilities, and “the direction of the county as a whole, (which is) moving forward and expanding.”
Crawford County Justices of the Peace approved a request from Brown to create and fund the position for a detention lieutenant with yearly salary and benefits of $31,757.33, which will be prorated at $17,993.36 for the remainder of the year.
Salary for the new position will be paid from the county’s quarter-cent sales tax for jail maintenance. The position passed through personnel and budget committees before approval by the CCQC.
At the quorum court meeting, Brown said he needed the position to handle administrative duties of the midnight shift, such as preparing court documents.
LaRue and Vaughn were promoted to fill the sergeant position vacated by Dowdy, and a separate sergeant who left the CCSD for another job, Brown said.
During the promotion ceremony, Brown offered a tip to the newly promoted deputies.
“I can make the deputies respect the chevron because of rank, but they will only respect you by how you lead,” Brown said.