The Opelika Police Department announces several promotions

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The Opelika Police Department is pleased to announce several promotions. Lieutenants Kenny Miller and Rob Cook have been promoted to the rank of captain following the retirement of Captain Ed Clark and the promotion of Chief Shane Healey.

Miller is now captain of the Administrative Division. He joined the OPD in February 1990 and rose in the ranks before getting promoted to lieutenant in September 2016. Miller is also a sergeant major in the U.S. Army and holds two master’s degrees. Miller and his wife, Jackie, have two grown sons.

Cook is now captain of the Patrol Division. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and joined the OPD in November 1994. Cook is a certified law enforcement armorer and has served as the SWAT team commander  for many years. He was promoted to lieutenant in April 2014. Cook and his wife, Tina, have two grown sons, one of whom is a deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, and a daughter.

As a result of these promotions, several employees will also be transitioning into new roles.

Captain Tony Amerson, who was promoted to patrol captain in August 2020, will now oversee the Community Relations/Special Services Division.

Sgt.  Marty Paulson is promoted to patrol lieutenant.

Sgt.  Ben Jones is promoted to patrol lieutenant.

Detective Brandon Hutto is promoted detective division sergeant.

Patrolman Lamar Baker is promoted to patrol sergeant.

Patrolman Johnathan Whaley is promoted to patrol sergeant.

“These men bring decades of experience to their new roles and we are proud of the dedication they have shown over the years,” Healy said. “We look forward to their continued leadership as we work towards the future.”

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