Greg Annis, a member of the Pickerington Police Department for nearly 17 years, was promoted last week to lead the department's patrol division.

Greg Annis, a member of the Pickerington Police Department for nearly 17 years, was promoted last week to lead the department’s patrol division.

Pickerington Mayor Mitch O’Brien officiated at the swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 15.

Annis, who will turn 43 in February, takes over the 18-man division after serving as a detective sergeant since early 2010.

Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a patrol sergeant in the department, and he spent his first five years with the force as a patrolman.

“If there ever was a deserving person, it’s him,” Pickerington Police Chief Mike Taylor said of Annis. “He is a very trusting, loyal employee and he’s very intelligent. He knows criminal law and violations. He’s my go-to guy in patrol.”

As commander, Annis will receive an $81,556 annual salary. He was paid $75,587 annually as a sergeant.

According to Chris Schornack, Pickerington’s finance director, the city also contributes $15,903 annually to the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund on his behalf and $14,669 a year for his health insurance premiums.

Annis said he was “honored” by the promotion.

“To be put in the position to lead the patrol division is phenomenal,” he said. “We’ve got really good people in this division and I’m just honored to be put in this position to lead them.”

Annis came to the department after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in criminology at Ohio State University and serving as a member of the United States Air Force Security Police.

While in the Air Force, he completed its noncommissioned officers academy. He’s since completed approximately 2,000 hours of additional law enforcement training, including graduating from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Public Staff and Command.

Annis said Pickerington has been a good fit for him professionally and personally, adding he has strong ties to the community and solid working relationships with his peers in the department, at the Violet Township Fire Department and at the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

He reserved his highest praise, however, for his wife of more than 17 years, Karen, who he said has stood by him as they’ve raised their two young daughters and as he’s at times had to put his police work ahead of family time.

“That’s one of the other reasons this has been so stable for me,” he said. “I’ve got a very supportive wife. She knows I love what I do.

“If I was to sum her up in one word, it would be ‘incredible.’ I really think she’s a primary reason I enjoy law enforcement so much,” Annis said. “She’s been so understanding and she’s been my best friend.”

As commander, Annis said he wants to maintain the patrol division’s quality work, but he said he hopes to implement some changes over time.

Through his experience in the patrol and detective divisions, he said, he has ideas for improving efficiency to possibly expedite certain arrests, as well as alter scheduling to assure the maximum number of resources are covering city streets.

“I’ve got some new ideas and some things I want to try out,” he said. “I want to get patrol officers more into those investigations for the sake of professional development.

“I want to make sure we can put any of these officers into any of these positions. I want to make sure the officers are more well-rounded.”