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City officers promoted

August 19, 1998

Two Hagerstown City Police officers were promoted and sworn in to their new positions by Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II on Tuesday evening.

Sgt. Craig R. Bakner, 43, was promoted to lieutenant, giving the department eight lieutenants, said Police Chief Dale Jones.

Officer Michael King, 36, was promoted to sergeant, giving the department 14 sergeants, Jones said.

Bakner's promotion fills a vacancy for a lieutenant who writes grant proposals and monitors overtime.

Which lieutenant will actually perform those duties will be decided later this week, Jones said.

Bakner, a 1973 graduate of Waynesboro High School in Franklin County, Pa., has worked for the department since 1979.

"I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to the challenge," Bakner said.

King said the hard part about the promotion is that he will be no longer work with his canine partner, Frankie.

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Frankie, 7, a German shepherd, has worked with King since November 1993. King said Frankie will soon retire from patrol and narcotics detection work, but will continue to live with him.

King, a 1979 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, has worked for the department since April 1981.

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