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STATE POLICE TROOP I COMMANDER NAMED; COMMISSION APPROVES SIX PROMOTIONS

November 14, 2013

(LITTLE ROCK) – State Police Lieutenant Wesley Smithee, 42 of Harrison, has been promoted to the rank of captain and will assume new duties as commander of State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop I headquartered at Harrison.

Captain Smithee, an eighteen year veteran of the department, has served most recently as assistant commander of Troop I.

Captain Smithee was among six Arkansas State Troopers recommended for promotions today during a regular monthly meeting of the State Police Commission.  The recommendations were presented to commissioners by Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police.

Sergeant David Moore, 49, of Marion, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and will assume new duties as assistant troop commander of Highway Patrol Division, Troop D headquartered at Forrest City.

Lieutenant Moore is an eighteen year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned as a Troop D post supervisor.

Sergeant Charles Watson, 51, of Monticello, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and will assume new duties as assistant troop commander of Highway Patrol Division, Troop F headquartered at Warren.

Lieutenant Watson is a twenty-five year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned as a Troop F post supervisor.

Corporal Brad Spurlin, 37, of White Hall, was promoted to the rank of sergeant and will assume new duties as a Highway Patrol post supervisor assigned to Troop E headquartered at Pine Bluff.

Sergeant Spurlin is a thirteen year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to patrol duties in Troop E.

Corporal Roby Rhoads, 44, of Atkins, was promoted to the rank of sergeant and will assume new duties within the training section of the State Police Administrative Services Division.

Sergeant Rhoads is a fifteen year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division as K9 coordinator.

Corporal Ramey Lovan, 37, of Paragould, was promoted to the rank of sergeant and will assume new duties as a Criminal Investigation Division, supervisor assigned to Company F headquartered at Jonesboro.

Sergeant Lovan is a fifteen year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned as a CID Special Agent in Greene County.