Zanesville Police recently made changes to staffing in hopes of giving the department a new perspective.
This week Chief Eric Lambes said he has moved around two of his captains and a lieutenant in order to fulfill some neglected areas. For the past year, Captain Kenneth Miller has been on leave. Before his leave Miller was in charge of some administrative duties. While he’s been gone some aspects of his position have fallen behind. The department now needs to catch up.
"The captains will obviously be the next chief. They’ll be promoted so they need to do all the positions in the building and be familiar with them," said Zanesville Police Chief Eric Lambes. "It will help with the next be prepared because by rotating around and doing one of the three captains jobs they have that knowledge."
Captain Tony Coury will now be the administrative captain overseeing some personnel, records and dispatching. Captain Doug Merry moved out of the jail to run operations and Lieutenant Bill Shaw takes over the jail.
Lt. Shaw is next in line for promotion.
Chief Lambes expects more changes before the end of the year.
"They’ll be other changes when Captain Miller returns but we are anticipating some retirements this fall," explained Chief Lambes. "They’ll certainly be more changes before the end of the year. I’m not sure what those will be at this point."
Chief Lambes said it’s also good to make changes now while those that held the positions are still around to answer any questions that arise.