CALUMET CITY | Two police officers were sworn in to higher-ranking positions Thursday, while the City Council approved payroll adjustments.
The officers promoted are Casey Erickson, who moved up from sergeant to lieutenant, and Matthew Mason, who went from patrol officer to sergeant. Both have been with the Police Department since September 2003.
The promotions became possible because of the retirement in February of police Lt. Timothy Murphy after 27 years with the department. The city’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, which approved the promotions last week, is looking to hire new patrol officers, and will be administering a test later this year for prospective cops.
The council’s vote without opposition was to instruct the city treasurer’s office to make the adjustments to the city payroll to accommodate the new ranks of Erickson and Mason, both of whom were described by Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore as qualified law enforcement professionals.
Gilmore said Erickson had received a promotion last year making him a detective, while he said of Mason, “he’s an aggressive, streetwise officer.”
Accommodating the promotions wasn’t the only police-related action taken by the City Council.
Aldermen voted 5-0, with Brian Wilson and Roger Munda absent, to approve payments of $550 each to allow Fire and Police commission members to attend a conference of the Illinois Fire and Police Commissioners Association held May 3-5 in Springfield.