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Worthington police

20-year veteran Wuertz promoted to lieutenant


Jennifer Wuertz, a 20-year veteran of the Worthington Division of Police, has been promoted to lieutenant.

Wuertz will oversee the patrol bureau operations, which comprises four sergeants and 20 patrol officers.

She has been with the department since 1993, when she was hired as a communications technician. She attended the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy and became a police officer in 1997.

Since then, Wuertz has held various positions within the division, including field training officer, bicycle officer, agency fitness coordinator and detective.

She was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and has been assigned to the patrol division since then.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from the Ohio State University and is pursuing her master's degree in criminal justice at Tiffin University.

She is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Staff and Command and the Police Executive Leadership College.

Chief James Mosic said Wuertz was selected for the lieutenant position based on her job performance and interpersonal skills.

"We're excited to have her bring her energy to the command staff," Mosic said.

One of the department's two lieutenant positions opened last month with the retirement of Lt. Michael Dougherty, who had been with the department for 40 years.

Lt. Jerry Strait will take over Dougherty's position as support lieutenant, and Wuertz will take Strait's former position with patrol operations.

Final interviews are being conducted this week to fill the sergeant's position, which was vacated when Wuertz was promoted.