Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There's a brand new lieutenant at the Juneau Police Department and three new officers join the force next week.
Long time patrol officer and sergeant Jeremy Weske was promoted to lieutenant last week, according to Deputy Chief Dave Campbell who was a guest along with Weske on Action Line Wednesday. The chief says Weske will be in charge of special operations which covers Investigations, the Metro Drug Unit, and the canine unit. Weske says he's developed a relationship with Buddy. "Me and him are friends. We like each other," he said.
Weske, who was born and raised in Juneau, has been on the force for newly 12 years. After starting as a patrol officer, he transferred to the Drug Unit. He was then promoted to sergeant. "That promotion was fairly smooth because I had done that type of work when I worked in patrol. I understood it, knew what was happening," he said. "This promotion is a little different. I don't have the same level of comfort with a job that a lieutenant does, but I know my main goal is to make sure that the people I supervise are taken care of, so if I spend my day doing that, then the job will take care of itself."
Chief Campbell revealed on the program that three new officers start work Monday. He said one is a lateral transfer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Aron Landry is a 20 year veteran, according to Campbell, who said he's moving here with his family. "We'll put him through the transitional academy in Sitka and roll him into field training and hopefully come spring time he'll be working as an officer.
Cambell says the other two are local residents. Ron Shriver is a sergeant at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, according to Campbell, who adds that Shriver is a former Marine. Joe Paden, a 22 year old born and raised in Juneau, currently works as para-educator at Glacier Valley Elementary School. Campbell says Paden was a wrestler and shot putter in high school.