Thursday, March 23, 2023

Retirements, promotions at Sumpter police announced

Sgt. James Cayce.

Det. Lt. John Toth
The guard is changing at the Sumpter Township Police Department with the retirement of two veteran officers and promotion of two others to the rank of sergeant.

Detective Lt. John Toth has retired from the force. Toth joined the Sumpter Township department in 2000 after serving on the City of Belleville Police Department for several years.  During his tenure with Sumpter, Toth was promoted to corporal in 2014, sergeant in 2017, and lieutenant in 2021. He has  as the department lead detective since approximately 2010, leading successful investigations and subsequent convictions in the highest-profile cases in the department's 69-year history.

“John's attention to detail and intimate understanding of human nature is top-notch. His professionalism, integrity, dedication, and dogged pursuit of justice for victims, especially those who can no longer speak for themselves, are exceptional,” said Public Safety Director and Police Chief Eric Luke.

Also retiring from the department is Sgt. James Cayce. 

Cayce began his law enforcement career with Sumpter in 1997. During his time with the township, he has served assignments as the department lead firearms instructor, armorer, and Taser instructor. Cayce has held the rank of sergeant assigned to road patrol since 2017, “serving with integrity, dedication, and professionalism. He will be fondly remembered for his positive attitude and easygoing personality,” Luke said.

Two Sumpter officers, George Salajan and Bart Devos, have been promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Detective/ Sgt. Salajan has been with the department since 2013, and has been assigned to the detective bureau for three years. Devos has been with the Sumpter Police since 2017, after serving the City of Roswell, NM, for the first nine years of his career. He is currently assigned to patrol. 

“We look forward to their growth in the new role and their continued dedication, professionalism, and excellent work for the department and the community we serve,” Luke said.