Kettering police promote 2 to sergeant, one to lieutenant

Left to right: Sgt. Chris Murray, Sgt. Ben Charles, Police Chief Chip Protsman and Lt. Brad Lambert at a promotions ceremony for the Kettering Police Department on Monday. CONTRIBUTED

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Left to right: Sgt. Chris Murray, Sgt. Ben Charles, Police Chief Chip Protsman and Lt. Brad Lambert at a promotions ceremony for the Kettering Police Department on Monday. CONTRIBUTED

Promotions will give the Kettering Police Department some new leadership.

The police chief announced Monday the promotion of three officers, two of whom were promoted to the rank of sergeant and one to lieutenant.

Police Chief Chip Protsman said he’s “proud of the officers selected for promotion,” and wished them continued success in their careers at KPD.

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Sgt. Brad Lambert has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Lambert began his law enforcement career with Kettering in August of 2001. During his career, Lambert has held assignments on SWAT and bike patrol, plus roles as a K9 handler and K9 supervisor.

Lambert, also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has recently served in the Professional Standards Unit. He will be assigned to the midnight patrol shift.

At Monday’s ceremony, Lambert thanked his family for their support and said his career has been about teamwork. “I’m where I’m at now because of all those attending today,” he said.

Patrolman Chris Murray has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Murray began his law enforcement career with Kettering in February 1994. Murray has held assignments on SWAT, as a detective and as an evidence technician. He will be assigned to the midnight patrol shift.

Murray said he’s looking forward to the transition into his new position and loves his co-workers at the department.

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Patrolman Ben Charles has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Charles began his law enforcement career with Kettering in July of 2006. During his career, Charles has held assignments on SWAT, bike patrol, accident reconstruction, defensive tactics and evidence technician. Charles will be assigned to the evening patrol shift.

Charles thanked his family for support and said, “I appreciate the opportunity and will do my very best at this new challenge.”

According to Officer Joe Ferrell, a spokesman for the police department, base pay for a sergeant is $94,000 while the base pay for a lieutenant is $101,000.

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