The Spring Lake Park Police Department will train in a new sergeant and patrol officer this summer.
After 26 years of service in Spring Lake Park, Sgt. Mark Maloney retired May 31, opening up a position on the force.
Chief Doug Ebeltoft has been preparing for the vacancy, interviewing and testing interested staff for internal promotion. The promotion process took seniority into account, too.
Six officers applied for the position, and Investigator Josh Antoine came out of the process on top with the highest score. He was offered the position and will start July 1 after training Officer Brad Baker on as the new investigator. Baker was appointed by the chief to fill the role.
Antoine will be back on patrol after years behind the desk, and he’s looking forward to “the change and the challenge,” he said.
Antoine celebrated his 10-year anniversary with the Spring Lake Park Police Department in November. “I’m very happy here,” he said.
“He will be an asset as he has been in the past,” Ebeltoft said.
The staffing shift leaves a patrol officer position open, which Ebeltoft began working to fill at the beginning of the year.
The top 12 candidates were whittled down to three after interviews and tests were considered, Ebeltoft said.
The top three candidates received background checks, and one candidate was removed with inconsistencies.
Ebeltoft made a tentative job offer to Richard Kramer, who will start June 23, pending passing drug, medical and psychological tests.
The position on the SLP force will be Kramer’s first as a full-time police officer. He has worked security previously, Ebeltoft said.
The Spring Lake Park City Council unanimously approved both appointments at its meeting June 2.
The department has low turnover. The last time Ebeltoft hired a new officer was in 2010 when he became chief.
The department maintains 11 sworn officers: the chief, two sergeants, an investigator and eight other officers.
Olivia Koester is at [email protected]