FULTONVILLE — A position at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office that has been vacant since August has been filled by one of its members, who is getting a promotion to the position.
Moving up into the position of patrol lieutenant from sergeant is Michael J. Lewis, according to a news release.
Retiring from that position in August was Burt Wilson.
Lewis will officially start the role as patrol lieutenant on March 18. He was promoted after passing a promotional state Civil Service Exam and completing an extensive interview process.
He has been with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office since 2004. Before becoming a member of the sheriff’s department, Lewis worked for the Fort Plain Police Department. He became a full-time deputy sheriff in 2004, and in 2007 he was promoted to the rang of sergeant.
According to the release, throughout Lewis’s career with the sheriff’s office, he has attended a number of courses in providing quality police services. He is currently a certified Police Instructor, a certified DARE instructor, certified Range instructor, a certified boat and water rescue operator and a past member of the Regional SWAT Team. Lewis also holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Fulton-Montgomery Community College, according to the release.
In 2016 he received a Life Saving award for his involvement with performing a high quality CPR that saved a person’s life.
“[Lt.] Lewis has become an integral part of providing training to all of our school districts, local businesses, civic organizations and staff regarding to high threat incidents,” the release states. “This ALICE training concept is something that has been adopted by all of the law enforcement organizations throughout Montgomery County.”
Lewis is family-oriented person who is married with children whom reside in Montgomery County. He also serves on the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education.
In his position as patrol lieutenant, Lewis will be responsible for managing the entire patrol unit, 911 dispatch unit, civil office all while being a liaison with the public, according to the release. Lewis will be working closely with the sheriff, undersheriff and jail administrator as his position is considered to be part of the command staff.