Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt has announced the following promotions effective Jan. 1.
Lieutenant Martin Schulteis was promoted to Captain and will manage the Administration, Communications Center Radio System and Information Technology areas. He will also serve as the Undersheriff.
Lieutenant Bruce Theusch was promoted to Captain and will manage the Patrol, Detective, Drug Unit, Specialty Teams and Vehicle Maintenance areas.
Sergeant Tim Kemps was promoted to Lieutenant and will serve as Shift Commander on Third Shift Patrol.
Sergeant Ryan Herman was promoted to Lieutenant and will serve as Shift Commander on Second Shift Patrol.
Deputy Buck Robertson was promoted to Sergeant and will serve as Second Shift Patrol Sergeant.
Deputy Keith Uhan was promoted to Sergeant and will serve as Third Shift Patrol Sergeant.
Deputy Charles Vanderheiden was promoted to Sergeant and will serve as Second Shift Patrol Sergeant.
On Dec. 30 2015, Captain Steve Gonwa retired from the Sheriff’s Office. During his 34 years with the department he served as a Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant and the last nine years as Captain of Operations.
Also, during the 2016 budget process, a third Captain’s position was approved for the department. This allows the Sheriff’s Office management workload to be divided between three Captains. Captain Scott Lehman remains in charge of Corrections Division with Captains Schulteis and Theusch.
Schmidt said the promotional process required some time and work to complete properly. “I would like to thank Washington County Human Resources and the Civil Service Commissions members for their work and expertise,” Schmidt said.