Pogue and Ward promoted to Commanders at Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Tyson Pogue and Lt. Bill Ward of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office have been promoted to Commanders, Sheriff Jay Varney announced Friday.

The two took over their positions March 1.

Cmdr. Pogue will oversee the Field Operations Division, including patrol, emergency services, and specialized services, while Cmdr. Ward will oversee the Investigations and Administration Division, including detectives, administrative services, and media affairs.

“I'm truly honored to have been chosen and I am so excited to lead such a prestigious team of deputies,” Cmdr. Pogue said. “Without their support and the support of this awesome community, I wouldn't be where I am today. It feels like just yesterday I was taking pictures for the Sierra Star. I am so blessed to be where I am today and I look forward to many more years of community service.”

“I’m very happy about it, I’m excited about it,” added Cmdr. Ward. “I think a lot of good things are happening. I look forward to working with the administration. (Sheriff Varney) has a very forward-thinking mindset and it’s really making a difference.”

Sheriff Varney said the positions were created as part of restructuring efforts with the sheriff’s office for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

“We are excited to complete these promotions, and look forward to the contributions of both Commanders to the future of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office,” Varney said. “The salary savings from this restructuring, along with other savings also allows the sheriff’s office to fund an additional Deputy Sheriff position.”

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