Mon, Feb. 24

Cottonwood Police promotes officers

Two Cottonwood police officers were promoted, as friends and family looked on, during a ceremony at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building Friday.

Jody Fanning becomes the new patrol commander, promoted to replace Danny Scott, who retires next month. Tod Moore becomes a department sergeant.

Chief Doug Bartosh heaped praise on both officers. Fanning, he said, has worked in the department nearly 20 years, eight as a sergeant. He even showed a picture of a longer-haired Fanning as a young officer.

The new Commander has trained recruits, been selected Officer of the Year and shown continuous leadership. He has recently been trained at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., Bartosh said. He noted that the leadership began early, Fanning having "lettered in baseball, football and wrestling."

Bartosh said Fanning has "unquestionable ethics and is very involved in the community."

Moore has risen quickly in the department, during his three years leading to the sergeant stripes. But he came to department with 13 years of management experience with Western Fencing. In 2006 he was named Officer of the Year.

Moore developed the Crime Free Multi-housing program for the department, which, Bartosh said, has reduced the number of calls by 47 percent in those units. He also developed the protocol for control of pseudoephedrine, a precursor for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Cottonwood was the first community in the state to pass such an ordinance.

Moore has an "excellent work ethic and strong interpersonal skills and is a high achiever," Bartosh noted.

After the officer and supervisor were sworn into their new positions, their wives had the honor of pinning their new badges.

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