BROOKINGS – Three Brookings Police officers were awarded promotions Wednesday at the police station in front of other officers, family and friends. In the front, from left, are Terry Coon, Charles “Pete” Bush and JoLynn Longville; in the back are acting police chief Dave Erickson, Mayor Keith Corbett and City Manager Jeff Weldon.
Corbett thanked the entire department for all its hard work and the sacrifices officers and their families make. Pinning their new ranks on their collars was Erickson, who said he was excited to work with the three and gave a few highlights of each of their careers.
Coon was promoted to lieutenant. He started the Critical Incident Stress Management team in Brookings, and is a Workplace Violence instructor, having taught 29 of the BPD officers and 40 different entities in the community. He was on SWAT, and was a DUI instructor and radar instructor.
Bush was promoted to sergeant. He is a field training officer, a DUI instructor, on bicycle patrol and a Drug Recognition expert.
Longville was promoted to communications commander. She was a councilwoman and mayor of Lake Preston, serving for almost 10 years in those capacities. She’s been with the BPD since 2009 and “been doing a great job,” Erickson said.