Guthrie Police promotes Schmit, Hamilton to lieutenant

Pictured (L-R) is Lt. Michael Schmit, Chief Don Sweger, Off. Jonathan Williams and Lt. Jason Hamilton.

The Guthrie Police Department promoted two officers late Tuesday afternoon to the rank of lieutenant.

Lieutenants within the department serve as supervisors. Multiple candidates applied for the two open positions through a rigorous process.

“The competition was fierce and there were many quality candidates,” Chief Don Sweger said.

Detective Jason Hamilton and Investigator Michael Schmit were promoted and assumed their new roles on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Lt. Hamilton fills the open Criminal Investigation Division (CID) position once held by CID Lt. Mark Bruning, who suddenly died on July 28.

Lt. Schmit moves from CID to the night shift patrol.

Both were pinned by family members in a ceremony held inside City Hall’s second floor.

With nearly three decades of service to the department, Officer Jonathan “JW” Williams was also sworn into office.

“He said that he had never done it before,” Sweger said proudly sworn in the officer.


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