The Dublin Police Department recently promoted two lieutenants after both of the department's former lieutenants received promotions, according to Melanie Amato, a Dublin public-information officer.

CORRECTION: Because of incorrect information provided to ThisWeek, the print and earlier online version of this story contained incorrect information about corporal staff positions.

The Dublin Police Department recently promoted two lieutenants after both of the department's former lieutenants received promotions, according to Melanie Amato, a Dublin public-information officer.

Lt. Greg Lattanzi and Lt. Nick Tabernik were sworn in Feb. 11 during the Dublin City Council meeting.

Both Lattanzi and Tabernik have served as officers in Dublin for 13 years, according to a city-issued press release about the promotions.

Each lieutenant's total compensation package including salary and benefits is $172,520.99, Amato said.

Four sergeants applied for the positions, and Lattanzi and Tabernik were selected through that process, she said.

Prior to those promotions, Lt. Justin Paez was promoted to deputy chief, and Lt. Steve Farmer became the new police chief in Upper Arlington, Amato said.

"When we promoted Paez initially we didn't know that Farmer was going to get the chief job (in Upper Arlington)," Amato said. "This is why we now had two openings for lieutenants."

Dublin police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said the deputy chief position, a new role, will provide opportunities for leadership growth and ensure someone is in place to fill the role of chief once he retires in the "not real distant" future.

Dublin is in the process of filling the sergeants’ positions formerly held by Lattanzi and Tabernik and adding additional corporal positions to its roster.

The department has six corporal positions. Two corporals are assigned to each of the three working shifts in the patrol bureau. The number of those with serving with the rank of corporal, however, will be increased to nine in the first quarter of this year.

Two of the six serving corporals are expected to be promoted to the vacant sergeants’ positions leaving the city with four serving corporals, von Eckartsberg said.

The department will promote two officers to fill the vacant corporal positions in patrol and add three new corporal positions with one each to be assigned to the Community Education Unit, the Community Impact Unit and the Detective Bureau, he said.

The department has 72 sworn staff, Amato said.

"We do anticipate hiring more officers this year, but it will not be additional staffing," she said, "It will be due to retirements and individuals leaving."

Lattanzi said he is excited to be the Operations Bureau commander.

"The Dublin Police Department has a long history of providing a high level of service to the community, and I'm honored to play a part in keeping the residents, business partners and those who travel to Dublin safe," he said.

Tabernik also said he looks forward to beginning the next chapter of his career leading the Support Services Bureau.

"Although we are undergoing strategic organizational changes, our top priority will remain providing the highest level of service and public safety to this city," he said.

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