Thursday, May 20, 2021

Promotion of 2 veteran police officers approved by trustees

Capt. Patrick Gannon

The promotions of two members of the Sumpter Police Department were unanimously and enthusiastically approved by members of the township board of trustees during a meeting last month.

Public Safety Director Eric Luke requested approval for the promotion of Lt. Patrick Gannon, a 29-year veteran of the force to the rank of captain. Gannon has been a lieutenant with the department for the past six years. He continues as the second-in-command in the department, Luke said.

Det. Lt. John Toth
Luke also announced the promotion of Sgt. John Toth to the rank of detective lieutenant. Toth has been in charge of the township detective bureau for the past four years and will continue in that position with his new rank, Luke said. Toth has been with the Sumpter Police Department for 21 years. 

Members of the board praised both the officers noting that the promotions were “long overdue.” Several members of the board spoke highly of the officers' performance and contributions to the township. Also in favor of the action was township attorney Rob Young who told the trustees, “the chief has made a great decision.”

Young spoke candidly about the officers noting that Gannon is “great guy to work with.

“I can't think of a better guy,” Young said. 

The attorney also spoke about Toth's dedication to his job and the community.

“I know his commitment to the township and his loyalty to the citizens,” Young said.

The motion to approve the promotions was approved unanimously.