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Four Youngstown police officers were promoted on Tuesday during a ceremony at City Hall.
Police Chief Rod Foley said recent retirements and one resignation made room for the promotions.
Foley said there are currently 147 officer with room for at least five more new hires.
“We’re trying to see how many individual recruits we can find that meet our individual qualifications, maybe go a bit above that,” Foley said. “We got lucky to get a grant from the (federal) government to pay for officers that came back from the military, so hopefully (we’ll) take advantage of that and put more officers on the street.”
Foley said the grant lasts three years and he hopes to know who his new officers will be in the next week.
The officers who received promotions on Tuesday are:
Capt. Jason Simon, who was promoted from lieutenant. He was hired at YPD Nov. 17, 2000.
Lt. Frank Rutherford was promoted from detective sergeant post. He was hired Aug. 25, 2000.
Det. Sgt. Curt Hileman was promoted from officer rank. Hileman was hired June 15, 2001.
Det. Sgt. Ronald Barber was promoted from officer rank. He was hired Dec. 29, 1997.