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The Ravenna Police Department promoted three part-time officers to full-time status last week.
On Friday, Mayor Frank Seman swore in Tyler Lohr, Joshua Erb and Christopher Staple as the department's newest full-time employees, in front of a crowd of family and coworkers. All three had been working for the city on a part-time basis.
The Ravenna Police Department recently had several unfilled full-time positions, which the three are taking. The department currently has 27 sworn officers.
"Because of the strong support from the city's administration and the community, we were fortunate to be able to hire them," Interim Police Chief Capt. Jeff Wallis said. "It is important for our police officers to maintain good relationships with the public and these three officers have shown that they will support the department's community policing efforts to help make Ravenna a safe place to live, work and visit."
Lohr has been working on a part-time basis for Ravenna for more than a year, and will work his first official full-time shift this week, Capt. David Rarrick said.
Erb joined the Garrettsville Police Department in March 2014, and went to full-time status in June 2015, Police Chief Anthony Milicia said. He also has worked as a part-time officer with the Boston Heights Police Department in Summit County.
Erb is "a young and an excellent officer," Milicia said. "I think he will do well in the Ravenna environment."
Erb will remain with the Garrettsville Police Department on a part-time basis, he said.
Ravenna also is expected to name its new police chief in the near future. Both Rarrick and Wallis tested for the position, which was left vacant when former Chief Tim Adkins retired in May.