Gary police panel delays promotion for Lewis
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com|648-3258 February 7, 2013 9:32PM
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:26AM
GARY — Cpl. Dwayne Lewis has waited three years to move up in rank, but the Gary Police Civil Service Commission told him Thursday night he must wait at least another month for an answer to why he was not promoted.
“We have a new attorney. We want to make sure everything is done properly,” board president Charles Smith told Lewis.
Lewis submitted a request to view commission records related to the promotional process in early January. He said he hasn’t received any documents.
An agenda item “to acknowledge memorandum” from Lewis resulted in a vote to postpone any action until the March meeting.
Clorius Lay was selected to replace retired Charles Brooks as the board’s legal consultant in January. “Attorney Lay just got here,” Smith told Lewis.
“Forgive me if my confidence is not as high as you’d like it to be,” Lewis said, adding that he is very frustrated with the lack of progress.
Lewis was next on the list to be promoted when Lt. Joshua Wiley left the police department when he was convicted of felonies related to a theft from an elderly neighbor.
After the meeting, board members spoke individually to Lewis, telling him they were not intentionally hiding anything.
In other business, the board agreed to begin accepting applications for more reserve officers on Monday.