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At a ceremony today at the Montgomery Police Department, Chief Phil Smith promoted two Sergeants to the rank of Commander. With the promotion, Sgt. Ismael Diaz and Sgt. Liz Palko are the first to hold the rank of Commander for the Village.
During the ceremony, the Police Chief stated, “Promotions are part of the Montgomery Police Department Succession Plan to ensure we identify and develop futures executive leaders with the potential to fill key leadership roles within our agency.” Smith continued “Promoting from within our own agency, helps retain institutional knowledge.”
Commanders Diaz and Palko were surrounded by friends, family and coworkers during today’s ceremony. Commander Diaz will assume command of Patrol Operations and Commander Palko will command the Support Services Division.