Sheriff creates middle management squad |

Sheriff creates middle management squad

Veronica Whitney
Special to the Daily Deputies are promoted to supervise officers on patrol and working at the jail.

EAGLE COUNTY – A change in the Sheriff’s Office management will provide a quicker response to emergency calls and put more officers in troubled areas, said Sgt. Tad Degen.Degen is among eight deputies who were promoted recently to sergeant in Sheriff Joe Hoy’s effort to create a mid-management layer for patrol and jail operations. Four of the sergeants will be on patrol throughout the county and the other four will in the jail in Eagle. Each sergeant will be in charge of six deputies.”My goal is to provide support to our teams and come up with solutions to problems they might have on the road, or if they have trouble dealing with a situation,” Degen said. “There’s always situations that you might require additional help,” he added. “Bigger incidents, for example a major train wreck with a chemical spill, or other situation when we’re trying to provide a bigger view of the scene and not just the details.”The other new sergeants, all former deputies, are Jill Baron, Robert Beyer, Tom Brandl, Alex Iacovetto, David Lawson, Keith Lutz and Greg Thompson.

Talk to a supervisorAdditional supervision has been needed for the last couple of years, Hoy said. The Sheriff’s Office, which patrols unincorporated areas of Eagle County, hasn’t had any sergeants since the late 1990s. A sergeant is equivalent to a middle manager in business, Hoy said. “We haven’t had this for a long time and we felt it was essential not only for better service for the community, but also for some of our younger deputies who sometimes feel they need some leadership to turn to in certain situations,” Hoy said. “In terms of the public, it will also give people the opportunity to talk to a supervisor. A lot of times just having a supervisor come can calm a situation down.”The program will start as soon as the new sergeants come back from supervisory school.”I envision them taking refresher and leadership courses in the future,” Hoy said. “This won’t diminish our level of service, these sergeants will still be out in the community.” The supervisors should reduce the workload of Lt. Mike Bosely, who should have more time to manage patrol activities and delegate some of the responsibilities to the new sergeants, Hoy said.

“He can focus more on managing the roads and how to best use our resources,” Hoy said. 24-7The selection process took two weeks and it included a written exam and an interview with a five-member citizen panel and the Summit County sheriff.”We interviewed 15 people and we were very impressed with what we saw,” said Don Cohen, an Edwards resident who sat on the selection board. “This should lead to better service to all the residents of the community. By having a new level of management, it gives them the opportunity to concentrate more on issues that are important to the community.”I came to learn that in any organization it helps to have middle managers,” Cohen added. The re-organization will not cost the county any additional money, said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff.

“These guys take on additional responsibilities because they care,” Andree said.Iacovetto, who’s assigned to road patrol, said the promotions should ensure there is always a deputy around. “That’s one of our big challenges,” said Iacovetto, 34. “We need to make sure the county isn’t left uncovered and that we have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week coverage.”Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or Vail, Colorado

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