Former interim Columbia police chief named deputy chief

cwinston@thestate.comMay 14, 2014 

Columbia’s new police chief announced Wednesday he has promoted three officers, including the former interim chief to his second-in-command.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook named Melron Kelly, the former interim chief prior to Holbrook’s arrival, his deputy chief. Kelly will also keep command of the Uniform Operations Bureau. Kelly is a Columbia native and a Columbia High School graduate who began his police career as an Explorer in 1990, when he was 13. He has been an officer since 1999.

Kellie Yates has been promoted from lieutenant to captain of the west region, which includes Harbison. She will supervise up to 20 officers. A Georgetown native, Yates began her Columbia Police Department career in 1999.

And Tim Holbrook, who is not related to Chief Holbrook, has been promoted from lieutenant to captain of the north region, which encompasses North Columbia. He will supervise up to 60 officers. His CPD career began in 1989.

The following officers were honored during the ceremony with service pins:

Five years: Christopher Blackwell; Carl Brown; Scott Desrochers Jr.; Kyle Gilbert; Antonio Green; Ronald Manning; Thomas Schaefer; Kevin Singleton; Anthony Viehweg; Daniel Weiler; and John S. White.

Ten years: Lawrence Mattier; Christopher Narewski; Paul E. Robinson; Robert Uhall; and Ronda Wilson.

Fifteen years: James Fisher; William Scott; and Jonathan Vanhouten.

Twenty years: Mary Holmes; and George Wise.

“These men and women have an exceptional level of law enforcement experience,” Holbrook said in a news release. “Their advancements help CPD build upon its vision. Their proficiency will continue to benefit City of Columbia citizens.”

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