|Sergeant Derek Faught was one of two Fort Thomas Police Officers recently promoted. His wife, Sarah, pins on his sergeant's bars.|
By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor
Fort Thomas Police Chief Casey Kilgore shared news of two promotions within his department at the August 19 city council meeting.
"Tonight we are very lucky, very fortunate to be promoting two of our own officers. Detective Derek Faught will be promoted to sergeant and Sergeant William Hunt will be promoted to lieutenant," he announced.
Sergeant Derek Faught
Kilgore shared a story about Sergeant Faught. He came to the department in 2012, and while attending the Police Academy he captured the attention of reporters for Law Enforcement Magazine who decided to follow him throughout the academy training, about 36 weeks. "So he became instantly famous...and his portrait was on the front of the magazine," the chief added.
He went on to add that since that time Faught has contributed greatly to the department. "Derek’s been with us for seven years. We love having him as part of the department. He’s a good friend, good teacher, good mentor — the type of guy you give him a task you know it’s going to get done. You don’t have to worry about it," he said.
In that time Faught has served as training officer and recently finished a stint as a detective for the department. He also helps run the department’s evidence room, said Kilgore.
"My wife and I love this city," said Faught "We moved here last year, after many years of trying to get in, a common experience here...You have a great department and a great chief, so I truly enjoy my job. I just want to thank my fellow officers, all the guys who make this great and, obviously, my family. Thank you all very much."
Faught will serve as the second-shift patrol sergeant and his new badge is number 4318. After the chief pinned on his badge, his wife, assisted by the couple’s small children, did the honor of adding his sergeant bars to his uniform.
Lieutenant Will Hunt
|Fort Thomas Police Chief Casey Kilgore holds a new badge for Lieutenant Will Hunt.|
"William has been with us since 2003. He started in Southgate in 2001 and did a couple of years there. He realized this was where he wanted to be so he came home to us in Fort Thomas and has been with us ever since," said Kilgore.
He noted that Hunt has taken on a “full plate” of duties and projects over the years, and is someone who can be relied upon to follow through.
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After the chief pinned on Hunt’s new badge, Lieutenant Chris Carpenter stepped up to pin on his lieutenant bars. It was a special personal night for Hunt, Kilgore and Carpenter, who are friends and have worked together for 18 to 19 years. They planned out the pinning ceremony so they could all take part in honoring their friend.
"I feel like the hometown kid who done well, and I love being here," said Hunt. "I grew up here...It’s a very proud moment to continue to be here, to make it this far. My family is here. I appreciate them, I appreciate all the guys I work with. They make us look good and working for the chief is truly an honor. Thank you again."
Hunt will be the first-shift patrol lieutenant and his new badge number is 4213.