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Police division names lieutenant, adds three officers

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The Hilliard Division of Police promoted Sgt. Ron Clark to lieutenant and swore in Trevor Gill, Dustin Kaiser and Matthew Braden as new officers June 12 at the Norwich Township Joint Safety Services Building.
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The Hilliard Division of Police promoted Sgt. Ron Clark to lieutenant and swore in three new officers June 12 at the Norwich Township Joint Safety Services Building.

Clark, a 19-year veteran of the division, replaced Bob Parkey, who retired June 7.

Clark joined the Hilliard Division of Police in 1994 and was promoted to sergeant in 2002.

As a lieutenant, he will command the division's patrol bureau.

"I'm humbled and honored (and) look forward to working with (Police Chief Doug Francis) to keep us going in the right direction," Clark said.

One of the three new officers, Matthew Braden, was hired from another agency and immediately will begin his new job as a Hilliard police officer.

The other two, Trevor Gill and Dustin Kaiser, will have the distinction of being the city's first officers to attend the Columbus Police Academy.

In the past, Hilliard's recruits were trained at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy.

The three also will become the first new officers to receive a new shield the department has commissioned.

The new badges have a raised relief of the city's First Responders Park, said Deputy Chief Bobby Fisher.

Francis introduced all four officers at the June 12 swearing-in ceremony and Mayor Don Schonhardt administered the oath of office.

"There are certain days you remember in your career," Francis said. "There are days I remember, (but) the rest of my 30 years are kind of a blur -- but one of the days I remember (is my first day as a police officer)."

Francis' first day at the Worthington police department was Sept. 1, 1986, and because it fell on Labor Day, no one on duty that day quite knew what to do with him, he said.

"I wound up working in the radio room that first day," Francis said.

Francis told the new officers "there are a lot of OK days and some bad days, but very few great days," and this day was one of the "great days."

Francis said they represented about 2 percent of the number of people who applied for the three openings.

Only 24 were interviewed, Francis said, to determine the three who were hired.

Braden, a 2000 graduate of Amelia High School and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, was a police officer for the village of Amelia, in Clermont County in southwestern Ohio, from 2004-12.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a sergeant in the military police while deployed in Afghanistan.

For the past six months, Braden was a police officer for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a position with the agency that provides police services at some state facilities.

Gill is a 2009 graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School and a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Kaiser is a 2006 graduate of Versailles High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is student at Ohio State University.

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