Mayor Kevin Brooks swore in seven new Cleveland Police Department officers Monday during the Cleveland City Council's work session.The officers joining the force are Zachary Kilby, Evan Driskill, …
Mayor Kevin Brooks swore in seven new Cleveland Police Department officers Monday during the Cleveland City Council's work session.
The officers joining the force are Zachary Kilby, Evan Driskill, Kory Gillam, Brandon Lee, Jonathan Higdon, Aaron Harding and Misha Fanelli.
Prior to the swearing-in, CPD Chief Mark Gibson introduced each officer to members of the city council and meeting attendees.
Kory Gillam, originally from Atlanta, Ga., graduated with a bachelor's degree from Tusculum University, where he played football. He was previously a corrections officer in McMinn County.
Evan Driskill grew up in Mayfield, Ky., later moving to Cleveland. He received an associate's degree in criminal justice from Chattanooga State Technical Community College in 2014, later earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from The University of Tennessee. He previously worked for the Dalton Police Department.
Former Slatington, Pennsylvanian Aaron Harding graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminology from the Pennsylvania State University. He previously worked at Lowe's in Cleveland while awaiting the opportunity to join the police department.
Jonathan Higdon was born in Chattanooga, but raised in Cleveland. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Tennessee Technological University.
Nevada-born Misha Fanelli was raised in Tennessee and graduated from Bradley Central High School and Lee University. She played soccer while attending Lee University. She was a rescue swimmer in the United States Navy. In addition, Fanelli also has a graduate degree in athletics training, as well as three undergraduate degrees.
Zachary Kilby graduate from Walker Valley High School in 2013. He later graduated with an assocaite's degree in political science from Cleveland State Community College, where he was a member of the golf team. He was previously employed as a golf pro at Chatata Valley Golf Club.
Brandon Lee graduated from Walker Valley High School in 2004 and with a bachelor's degree in 2009 from Tennessee Technological University. He previously worked for the Meigs County Sheriff's Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Cleveland City Council also voted to declare the service weapon of Master Officer Brian Montgomery as surplus property effective on his retirement this year. The weapon will be given by the city as a token of its appreciation for his 30 years of service to the Cleveland Police Department.
In other business, the City Council took the following actions:
• Mayoral Appointment: Cleveland Housing Authority Board; Dee Burris to replace David Durkin who has resigned.
• Mayoral Appointment: Planning Commission; Ben Berry to replace Dee Burris, who has resigned.
• Reappointments: Senior Citizen Committee: District 1- Jimmy Armstrong for a 2- year term, District 2- Shirley Knight for a 2-year term, District 3- Ron Williams for a 2-year term, District 4- Jo Benjamin for a 2-year term.
• Reappointment: Historical Commission: Randy Wood for an additional 4-year term to expire June 2023.
• Reappointment: Historical Commission: Maryl Elliott for an additional four-year term to expire June 2023.
• Reappointment: Library Board: Carolyn Jackson for an additional 6-year term to expire June 2025.
The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be at 3 p.m. Monday, June 24, following its 1 p.m. work session at the Municipal Building.
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