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6/29/2009 10:03:00 PM
Lake City fills open position for police officer; Capt. Davis withdraws from consideration as Police Chief
Lake City’s newest police officer, Louis Troiano (left), is congratulated by Mayor Stephen Witt after Witt administered the oath. ( photo)
Lake City’s newest police officer, Louis Troiano (left), is congratulated by Mayor Stephen Witt after Witt administered the oath. ( photo)

Louis Troiano has been hired by the Lake City Police Department.

Troiano, a Lake City resident, was sworn in as a police officer by Mayor Stephen Witt on Monday.

Captain Rudolph Davis said the department has one more opening. A sergeant's position is open and is expected to be filled by a corporal from within the department. That will create an entry level opening for a police officer.

Capt. Davis, who was promoted from lieutenant on April 24, said he is no longer in the running for the vacant position of Chief of Police.

Lake City Fire Chief Carlton Tunsil was appointed Acting Lake City Police Chief on June 26, following the resignation of Gary Laxton as interim Police Chief.

Capt. Davis could have been given that appointment, but Chief Tunsil had served as Acting Police Chief in 2008. Tunsil served as interim Police Chief following the retirement of interim Police Chief Capt. Bruce Charles. Capt. Charles became interim Police Chief after the forced resignation of former Police Chief Steven Burch in August 2008.

Wendell Johnson, who has been hired as City Manager effective July 6, will select a permanent Police Chief.

Capt. Davis noted that the new City Manager is free to follow the process of selecting a chief that was put on hold, or he could pick a candidate from the department.

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