New Hobart top cop names two deputies
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent March 13, 2013 4:14PM
Hobart Police Chief Rick Zormier, a Hobart native, is photographed after being sworn in at the Hobart police training room in Hobart, Ind. Friday March 1, 2013. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 15, 2013 11:34AM
HOBART — Police Chief Rick Zormier Wednesday named Sgt. Paul Oliver and Detective Garrett Ciszewski as his deputy chiefs/captains, adding that he wants to streamline the administrative staff and put more police officers on the streets.
Zormier said both officers will be addressed as captain by the peers. Oliver will oversee patrol services and Ciszewski will oversee administrative services.
Their new positions became effective Wednesday.
Zormier said Oliver and Ciszewski are progressive and proactive leaders, even if they aren’t the most veteran members of the department. Oliver is 36 and Ciszewski is 33.
“These two gentlemen are respected by their peers and inspire others with their vigilant work ethic,” Zormier said during a news conference.
Oliver has served as patrol supervisor for nearly seven years and as a police officer for 15 years. He started out working in the city’s Park Department. He has a degree in public affairs and is a certified accident reconstructionist.
Ciszewski has 12 years in law enforcement and has served in investigations for five years. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice and teaches law enforcement.
Oliver said his goal was to be a patrol supervisor.
“It’s the best job,” Oliver said, adding he wants to remain proactive and make sure the department has an environment in which the officers want to come to work.
“My childhood dream was to become a police officer. There is no other profession more noble than this one,” Ciszewski said.
He said he wants to make sure the department uses all the tools and technology available to it.
Ciszewski is expected to name a public information officer in the next few days, Zormier said.
Zormier said there ultimately will be four more police officers on the street and fewer in the office. He said information technology will be shared by two sergeants instead of having one officer assigned solely to it.
“It’s about moving responsibility so officers can take ownership and be more involved in day-to-day operations. I believe it will breed positive morale,” Zormier said.
He believes the department’s bureaucracy had grown to the point it became somewhat ineffective.