The Tazewell Police Department is making great strides in improving its service to the town’s citizens.
Two of the department’s officers were promoted recently. Chief Mark Lamb and Mayor Bill Fannon promoted Steve Murphy to Sgt. Training Officer and Jeremy Myers to Lt. Investigator.
“These men both deserve it,” said Fannon.
Fannon, who took office at the end of 2016, said that the TPD has some great officers. Patrolmen for the TPD include Larry Masingo, Jason Pabon and Andrew Sturgill, who round out the department.
“They are all very dedicated officers,” said Fannon of the department as a whole. “All of them have excellent strong points.”
Myers is the veteran officer in the department of the two who were promoted. He became a detective in November 2016 and has been able to take the time needed to solve many cases. Prior to becoming a detective, the TPD didn’t have a dedicated officer who could follow a case through from beginning to end and not have to work on many other things at the same time.
“It’s an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of this town and county. I dedicate my life to serving others,” said Myers. “I feel it’s crucial to be a servant first and a leader second. I’m grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to assist my agency and town as a leader. I’m thankful for the confidence that Chief Lamb and the police officers as well as the city council and Mayor Fannon have in my abilities to lead the police department forward. My wife and children have sacrificed a lot of their time with me to the service of the community so I’m thankful that that are so understanding. It’s truly an honor to serve!”
Fannon said that one goal he had when he took office was to “take care of our police officers.” With the help of city council, they received raises and the department has a new vehicle — bought from surplus — on its way.
“This department is very well-organized and Chief Lamb runs a tight ship,” he added.
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