BERLIN - The public is invited to a promotion ceremony for two police officers in the Town Hall rotunda at 240 Kensington Road at 6:30 tonight.
Lt. Michael Jobes and Sgt. John Flynn will be the guests of honor.
Jobes, who has served in the police department for 23 years, the past 14 as a sergeant, was the second-highest scorer on the promotion test that preceded Lt. Drew Gallupe’s promotion last month.
Following the promotion decisions in February, Jobes was assigned to oversee the detective division, which was formerly a bureau.
The change to division status was done so the new division could report directly to the deputy chief, Chris Ciuci, as opposed to the support services department’s Lt. James Gosselin, who had a lot on his plate, Police Chief John Klett said.
Gallupe oversees the operations division within the department.
Married with two children, Jobes, an Air Force veteran, has been a field training officer, supervised the support services bureau and was responsible for coordinating the departments field training and intern programs for the past 14 years.
He also helped the department with its accreditation processes at the national and state levels in 2010 and 2013.
Flynn, who has been with the department for almost five years, had served in New Britain for 20 years before retiring with the rank of sergeant. He had been assigned to Berlin’s operations division until recently and was reassigned to the support services division to become the department’s traffic officer in January.
Serving as one of the department’s field training officers, he is a Berlin resident, married and has two daughters. His wife is a teacher in the Berlin school system.
Flynn replaces Sgt. Todd Lentini, who is retiring today.
Flynn’s duties include replacing Jobes on patrol duty, since Sgt. Ann-Marie Hass has been transferred from the former detective bureau to the support services department to replace Lentini, Klett said.
Jobes promotion to the detective division fills the vacancy left by Haas’ transfer.
Lentini is one of four officers eligible to receive over $1 million in retirement funds as part of the town’s old pension plan.
Those wanting to attend tonight’s ceremony should make reservations with the police chief’s administrative assistant, Marlene Way, at 860-828-7093.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.