Lodi Police Lt. J.P. Badel will be promoted to the rank of captain, effective May 5.
According to a statement released by the police department on Monday, Badel will assume responsibility for the department's Support Services Division. This will include the jail; dispatch center; records; community improvement; personnel and training; information systems; property and evidence; and investigation services.
Badel started his career with the police department in June of 1987. He has worked in various assignments within the department, most recently as the Technical Services Bureau lieutenant.
As lieutenant, Badel worked on the fire dispatch services that will be assumed by police dispatchers in March of 2009. He was also instrumental in transitioning the Community Improvement Unit from Community Development to the Police Department, which was completed in February of this year.
Badel holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program. He is scheduled to attend the FBI National Academy in the summer of 2009.
Veteran Lodi, Galt cops join DA's office
Several veteran officers from Lodi and Galt police departments on Monday joined the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.
A total of seven law enforcement officers started Monday as investigators, Chief Investigator Larry Ferrari said. They include John Whisler, who specialized in evidence work until he recently retired as a Lodi police officer.
Also joining the office are Peggy Mitchell, who had worked as a Galt police detective, and Chris Sanford, who spent more than two dozen years with the Galt department.
The office typically hires officers from within in the county, Ferrari said, but the seven new investigators include one each from Modesto and Hayward, as well as an officer from Stockton and Detective James Bojko of the Sheriff's Office.
District attorney investigators handle a variety of criminal cases, assisting prosecutors as cases move through the court system. They take the lead on officer-involved shootings, and they have various specialties ranging from fraud to stalking.
Lodians appointed to LAFCo
Two Lodi residents have been appointed to the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission, the agency that oversees city and district boundaries.
Steve Nilssen, a Lodi mortgage banker and broker, has been appointed as the regular public member. Nilssen had been serving as the commission's alternate public member since 1999 and replaces Gerad J. Machado who was termed out after 12 years.
Pat Stocker, a Lodi area farmer, has been appointed the new alternate public member.
Other LAFCo members include San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Victor Mow, Larry Ruhstaller and Ken Vogel; Stockton Mayor Edward Chavez; Mateca Councilman Jank Snyder and Lathrop Mayor Kristy Sayles.
Local students vie for scholarship
Two Lodi students will compete for a chance to win $2,000 in the Bank of America Achievement Awards.
Nick Iturraran, a Lodi High School senior, and Matthew Hagan, a Jim Elliot Christian High School senior, will travel to Sacramento to participate in one of 10 Bank of America contests statewide.
Students will be tested in four categories, including applied arts, fine arts, science and mathematics in a half-day oral and written competition.
Iturraran and Hagan were two of 320 students chosen as finalists statewide. In all, 15,000 students applied.
The competition will take place today at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.
The first-place winner will receive $2,000. The second-place winner will receive $1,500. The third-place winner will receive $1,000, and the remaining participates will receive $500 each.