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New Albany police choose Daniels as new sergeant


Kris Daniels will serve as the New Albany Police Department's new sergeant, bringing the department's total to four.

"(Daniels) has been a New Albany police officer for more than a decade, he has served in many different capacities during his tenure and he understands what is expected of him as a leader within our organization," said interim police Chief Greg Jones. "I am also personally excited that even though we opened the recruitment process to outside applicants, one of our own was ultimately chosen.

"His promotion to sergeant shows the quality of the officers already here in New Albany. This position wasn't handed to Kris; he earned it, and he can take a lot of satisfaction in that."

Daniels is a Mount Vernon Nazarene University graduate with a master's in business administration with a concentration in criminal justice from St. Leo University.

He worked as a deputy sheriff in Licking County and was a staff sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard.

He joined the New Albany Police Department in 2002.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to grow with the department where I have spent the vast majority of my career," Daniels said. "I believe in values-based leadership, leading by example and fairness across the board, and our department has long been committed to doing things the right way."

Daniels will earn $73,865.17 annually.

He will receive the same benefits package as other city employees, which require them to pay 5 percent of costs. The city picks up 95 percent. The total value of his benefits is $19,491.36, according to city spokesman Scott McAfee.

The city advertised for the position in January and tested candidates Feb. 18.

Officer Joe Rehnert and Daniels were two of the four finalists for the position. The other two are Heath police Sgt. Norman Ream and Bryan Sperry, a retired commander for the Columbus Division of Police.

New Albany City Council agreed last year to hire a fourth sergeant to help fill holes in supervision, especially on weekends. Chief Mark Chaney, who recently retired, had tried to hire a fourth sergeant three years ago but a hiring freeze was instituted by City Council.

The need was reiterated in 2012 during the city's first contract negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9.