Longtime patrolman Doug Hettinger has been promoted to the rank as Road Sergeant for the Jasper Police Department.

This morning the Jasper Board of Public Works approved the promotion selecting Hettinger who was one of only two internal applicants for the position.

The 45-year old native of Owensboro has lived in Jasper for 25 years and has spent a total of 17 years in law enforcement in Dubois County.  Following brief stints with the Ferdinand Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s departments, Hettinger joined the Jasper Police force in 1999.

Hettinger says he’s excited about his promotion and looks forward to continuing to serve the department and the city in an elevated capacity….

Hettinger will replace Jeff Carie who retired from the Jasper Police force last month.  Carie relocated to Indianapolis to take a new position at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Hettinger’s new promotion will take effect next Monday April 1st.

During this morning’s meeting, Jasper Police Chief Mike Bennett asked for and recieved permission from the board to fill two newly opened positions for officers for the department.

The two positions were created with Carie’s retirement and the departure of patrolman David Drew who resigned from the department earlier this month following a suspension for alledged misconduct.

The board authorized Bennett to begin advertising for the positions immediatly.

Also this morning, the board of public works approved the purchase of a new unmaked police car for the department.  The board selected Sternberg Chrysler’s bid of $24,904 dollars for a new 2013 Dodge Charger.

The money will be allocated from the Police Continuing Education Fund.