By JOHN KLINE
Members of the Goshen Board of Works and Safety approved the promotions of Goshen police officers and a firefighter during their meeting Monday afternoon.
First to be approved Monday was the promotion of Goshen Police Detective Ryan A. Adams to the rank of investigation division chief.
“Ryan is a 16-year veteran of the Goshen Police Department and has held the rank of uniform lieutenant for more than 5 years,” said Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson of the promotion request. “He is currently the ERT Commander and has held that position for 4 years. Ryan currently holds the rank of detective, and has recently graduated from the Indiana Chief’s of Police sponsored Police Executive Leadership Academy.”
Next to be approved was the promotion of Goshen Police Capt. Shawn C. Turner to the rank of uniform division chief.
“Shawn is an 18-year veteran of the police department and has held the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain,” Branson said. “He is currently the captain of the Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit, and has held the position for more than four and a half years. He is currently attending the Indiana Chiefs of Police-sponsored Police Executive Leadership Academy.”
Also approved Monday was the promotion of Goshen Fire Department Chief Inspector Mike Happer to the rank of certified chief inspector.
“Mike has met all of the internal departmental criteria, and we are happy to present this to you today in promoting Mike to certified chief inspector,” said Chief Dan Sink.
The board also approved the hiring of Zachery Klopfenstein as a new probationary firefighter with the Goshen Fire Department.
In other business, the board:
• Approved and authorized the execution of an agreement between the city and Elkhart County government for the contribution of up to $2,500 toward the hiring of a lobbyist by the county beginning next year. The agreement is connected to the county’s plan to try and convince the Indiana General Assembly to pass legislation to create an alternative local option income tax and a countywide food and beverage tax for Elkhart County in an effort to offset some of the funding losses connected to the state’s property tax caps.
• Approved an agreement with Matthews Millrace LLC for the sale, purchase and development of real estate located along the millrace that is currently owned by the Goshen Redevelopment Commission. The agreement includes infrastructure improvements to the property, where improvements fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Works and Safety. As such, the Redevelopment Commission requested that the board approve and authorize the agreement with Matthews Millrace LLC.
• Announced that due to the Martin Luther King holiday, the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting has been rescheduled for Friday from Monday. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the council chambers, Police and Courts Building, 111 E. Jefferson St., Goshen. The regular meeting schedule will resume Jan. 27.