MILTON, Ga. — Milton Police welcomed two new officers and promoted two existing officers to sergeant at a ceremony Friday at City Hall.
The ceremony was the first of its kind for the city, and Police Chief Rich Austin is aiming to make the promotion ceremonies a Milton tradition.
Austin said when he first was hired, he and Steve Krokoff – current city manager and former chief of police – spoke of the importance of instilling traditions such as the promotional ceremonies.
“Ceremonies such as these are important, not only for those being recognized but for our organization,” Austin said. “It gives us an opportunity to reflect on our goals, our missions and our values. It also helps us who have been in the organization for quite some time to remember why we elected to enter into public service.”
At the event, recruits Lindsey Causey and Lindsey Morton were sworn-in as officers.
Causey comes from the Statesboro Police Department where he has been an officer since 2015. He is trained as a field sobriety officer and will join Milton’s Uniform Patrol Division.
Morton joins the Milton ranks as a local. She is an Alpharetta native and graduate of Milton High School.
Morton’s promotion to officer will be her first in law enforcement, though Austin said Morton brings a “wealth of community knowledge” having grown up in the area.
After stints as officers in the city, Seth Chafee and Scott Lappin were promoted to sergeant during the event.
“These officers have excelled in informal leadership, and we are confident they will be successful as we place formal leadership responsibilities and duties on them,” Austin said.
Chafee joined Milton Police in 2014 after serving with Gwinnett County for four years. He is a recipient of the High Shooter Silver ribbon for maintaining a 90 percent shooting average for three consecutive years, was named Officer of the Quarter during 2016 and was awarded the Exceptional Duty Medal in May.
Chafee has also earned certificates for intermediate and advanced law enforcement and is certified as a field training officer.
Lappin joined Milton Police in 2013 after spending five years with the Roswell Police Department. At Roswell, he received multiple awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his number of DUI arrests from 2009-11, and he trained 13 police recruits as field training officers.
With Milton, he served with the agency’s Community Response Unit. Lappin is also one of only 200 Certified Drug Recognition Experts in the state.