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EPD set to hire four officers

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Retiring sergeants have more than 40 combined years of service

By Sarah Bennett

Elizabethtown Police Department is preparing to fill four patrol officer positions following recent resignations and retirements.

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Chief Tracy Schiller said EPD is back filling existing positions, not creating new ones. The Elizabethtown department’s force remains at 49 officers.

“We’re like many other departments,” Schiller said. “You simply don’t have a lot of movement for a while, and at some point, you have a workforce with 20 or 25 years on.”

Of the four vacancies, EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said two vacancies were created by recent resignations while the remaining two are the result of retiring sergeants.

Sgt. Billy Edwards, who retired last week, and Detective Sgt. Brian Graham, who retires at the end of May, have a combined experience of more than 40 years at Elizabethtown Police Department.

“It’s always difficult losing that kind of experience,” Schiller said Thursday.

Edwards retired as a road sergeant and served in different roles during his 24 years at EPD, Willoughby said. He spent a significant portion of his career as a detective sergeant assigned to the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force.

Graham, who has spent his entire 21-year career in law enforcement at EPD, said he worked as a patrol officer for more than four years before being promoted to a road sergeant. In 2012, he transferred to criminal investigations, where he is a supervisor.

Schiller said promotions from within the department will fill the sergeant openings.

The Elizabethtown Civil Service Commission will give an exam at 9 a.m. April 24 at Pritchard Community Center for those interested in the patrol officer positions, Willoughby said. Those who pass the exam will then take a physical agility test May 10.

Prior to the exam date, Willoughby said the department will be participating April 18 in the Regional Job and Career Fair at the community center.

To take the civil service exam, participants must turn in an application by noon April 23 at department at 300 S. Mulberry St., he said.

Applicants must be 21 years old by the testing date, have no felony convictions and possess a valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED to qualify.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.