|Sean Donelan, via Wilder Police Department Facebook page.|
The retirement of Officer Brad Adams created an opening for the hiring of another officer in the Fort Thomas Police Department. Adams had been with the force for 13 years. During his time with the FTPD, he served as Detective in the Investigations Unit for ten years.
Sgt. Sean Donelan, from the Wilder Police Department, and Ofc. Matthew Marksbury, from the Newport Police Department, were hired and will report for their first day today and will both be sworn in in front of city council tonight.
“Both Shawn and Matt will bring our department and our city a lot of different skill sets. Both performed extremely well in the process and we are really excited to have them on board,” said Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly.
For Donelan, coming back to the city he grew up in was a life goal.
"I'm honored, humbled and excited to serve the community that raised me. I am sad to leave behind the Wilder Police Department, but I am looking forward to this new chapter in my policing career," he said.
Daly said that they would both be in uniform for the Merchants and Music Festival on September 26 at Tower Park to ensure the force would be fully staffed for a record crowd that is expected to come to Fort Thomas. The festival is headlined by Bret Michaels.
Daly said that there were many candidates that applied for the officer positions in Fort Thomas.
Councilman, Roger Peterman, is the head of the Public Safety committee. That committee is charged with reviewing the applicants and making a recommendation for hiring. Peterman, in his first year as Chairman of this committee commented on the quantity and quality of the applicants.
“People should know just our good our candidates were. The quality of the applicants were just outstanding,” said Peterman. “The fact that we ended up hiring two officers from nearby police departments shows that neighboring communities know the quality of our department and city. These officers have worked with our department in professional capacities before, and wanted to be apart of this force.”
Donelan agreed with that assessment.
"I think the Fort Thomas Police Department has such a solid reputation. In all the years I have assisted them on calls, they were always sharp and professional. But for me, it's a dream come true and I can't wait to raise my right hand at that council meeting," said Donelan.