New Castle promotes officerto replace embattled sergeant
By Greg MasséPost Independent StaffNew Castle finally has a new sergeant. More than eight months after former sergeant Ed Wilks was fired from the force for ordering other officers to shoot a family dog, the town hired Anthony Webb as his successor.
Webb was informed of his promotion last week. The burly 33-year-old is a 12-year veteran police officer. He has been with the New Castle Police Department for four years. He beat out four other applicants to get the job as second-in-command at the New Castle Police Department. “The competition was tough. There was a former sergeant and a former lieutenant from the Front Range,” Webb said. Webb said the position was vacant for so long because “the chief, he doesn’t get in a hurry to make a decision.”The chief, Chris Sadler, likely was especially careful this time because his last sergeant – Wilks – was fired after commanding officers to shoot a family dog. Wilks was fired by the town of New Castle on Dec. 12 for his role in the shooting of a black Labrador named Jenny on Oct. 15. According to the police report on the incident, Jenny, owned by New Castle resident Tammy Klein, was running loose in New Castle, and New Castle police picked her up.
The dog became aggressive toward an officer as the officer attempted to get control of the dog. She was then let out of the patrol car, shot several times and killed.Wilks did not shoot the dog, nor was he at the scene when it was shot, but he was the supervisor of the officer who did the shooting.He was fired in December over his decision, and in February he lost an appeal to get his job back. Although Webb said he’s ready for the promotion, he said his workload will increase dramatically. Among his duties, Webb will oversee officers’ reports, cases and investigations, and give them evaluations. Webb, a New Castle detective for two years, said he feels he can handle his new duties. “I have got a bit of experience in that area,” he said. “So, I’ll advise the guys on how to proceed in those areas.”
In addition to promoting Webb, the department also hired a new officer, Julynn Saunders. Saunders has been with the department as a reserve and a paid temporary employee for about a year. Webb said the department should be more efficient now that all the department’s positions are filled. “I think we do a great job. We have a very professional department and great officers,” he said. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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