Police officers earn promotions
Family, friends, City Hall staff members and colleagues in the Lansing Police Department paid tribute Friday afternoon to two longtime officers at a promotion ceremony.
Tony Waterman, a 15-year veteran of the department, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant; Ben Ontiveros, who joined the force in 1994, was promoted from lieutenant to captain. The ceremonies took place in the council chambers at City Hall.
Chief Steve Wayman said both Waterman and Ontiveros had applied for the captain's post, which had been left vacant earlier this year when Wayman was elevated to the chief's position.
"It was a close race between the two of them," Wayman said after the ceremony. "It was such a close race that that's why we did the dual promotion."
As captain, Ontiveros will be second in command at the department. He will be in charge of the department's patrol division, which will include fleet maintenance, personnel and internal investigations stemming from complaints against an officer, Wayman said.
"I'm thankful to have the opportunity to be in the position that I'm in now and I look forward to the duties and hope to make an improvement in the quality of life for the citizens of Lansing and for the department," Ontiveros said after his promotion.
Waterman, who joined the force in 1990, will have duties that include being in charge of emergency operations for the city.
"We've spent a lot of time out here together," Wayman said of Waterman, who came onboard with the Lansing Police just four months after Wayman was hired as a patrol officer. "It's really exciting for me to make him a lieutenant."
Said Waterman after receiving his lieutenant's bars, "I'm looking forward to the new assignment. We're one of the best departments in the area, and I hope we can make our department the best."