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Promotions announced in police department


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- The St. Petersburg Police Department announced Tuesday that it is promoting 17 employees, filling several top jobs in the department.

Two of the three assistant chiefs under Police Chief Goliath Davis III are retiring in January, and Davis named their replacements.

Maj. Luke Williams, head of internal affairs, will become assistant chief in charge of investigations, replacing Assistant Chief Bill Proffitt.

Williams, 36, joined the department in 1985 and was its officer of the year in 1996. He has been a patrol sergeant and a burglary, robbery and homicide investigator.

"My background is in investigations," Williams said. "I appreciate the faith the administration has placed in me."

Maj. Debbie Prine will become assistant chief in charge of administration. She will replace Assistant Chief Lois Worlds, currently the Police Department's highest-ranking woman ever.

Prine, 47, joined the force in 1974 as an accident investigator. She has been a community policing supervisor and has risen through the ranks in the criminal investigations division.

Replacements for Williams and Prine were named as well. Two patrol lieutenants, J.R. Thompson and David Hawkins, are being promoted to major.

Thompson, who used to work in internal affairs, will now run that squad. Hawkins, who joined the department as a Police Explorer when he was 16, will now oversee the investigation of crimes against persons.

Also Tuesday, Lt. Randy Bratton was promoted to major in the youth resources division.

Five employees were promoted to lieutenant in the patrol, training or crime analysis divisions: Hope Crews, Maurice McGough, Paul McWade, Nathaly Patterson and Charles Schwemley.

Six employees were promoted to sergeant in the patrol or training divisions: Keith Glasgow, Stephen Mandakis, Cynthia Mazyck, Keith Peaton, Ray Waldo and Frank Williams.

Also, Dorothy Shirmer was promoted to narcotics evidence custodian.

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