Nine Fayette County sheriff’s deputies have received promotions, Sheriff Steve Kessler has announced.

Jim Sizemore was promoted from lieutenant to captain and now holds the highest ranking civil service position with the sheriff’s office. An 18-year veteran of the office, Sizemore is the department’s chief of detectives, overseeing the work of both the detective bureau and the sheriff’s drug unit. He is also the supervisor of the crisis negotiations team and the computer voice stress analysis unit.

Michael Fridley and James Fitzwater have been promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. Fridley, a 12-year veteran of the department, is the Fayetteville detachment commander, assistant commander of the crisis negotiations team and the supervisor of the sheriff’s K-9 unit. Fitzwater, an 11-year veteran, is the Danese detachment commander.

Steve Gray, Shawn Campbell and Glenn Chapman have been promoted from corporal to sergeant. Gray,  10-year veteran, is the supervisor of the drug unit and a member of the sheriff’s tactical team. Campbell, also a 10-year veteran, is the evening shift supervisor and the supervisor of the tactical team. He also serves as the sheriff’s home confinement officer. Chapman, a six-year veteran, is assigned to the drug unit and is a member of the crisis negotiations team.

James Dempsey, James Pack and Steven Yarber have been promoted from deputy to corporal. Dempsey, a nine-year veteran, is in charge of the service of all writs of execution for the sheriff’s office. Pack, a two-year veteran, is the day shift supervisor and oversees the home confinement program. Yarber, a five-year veteran, is the assistant midnight shift supervisor and a member of the tactical team.

“These officers all have a great deal of law enforcement experience,” Kessler said. “Most of them worked as municipal police officers and/or served in the military prior to joining the sheriff’s office. Since joining the sheriff’s office, they have distinguished themselves through hard work and dedication, and merit these promotions to positions of leadership within this department.”

The promotions take effect Sept. 16.

Kessler said he is also working with the Fayette Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission to fill current vacancies.

“One of my priorities as sheriff is to ensure that citizens in the outlying areas of the county receive the law enforcement protection that they deserve,” he said. “I am currently in the process of hiring additional deputy sheriffs to fill current vacancies so that the Danese and Smithers detachments can be staffed at appropriate levels while we continue to maintain adequate law enforcement coverage throughout the rest of the county.”

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