In an August 3 ceremony in Asheville City Council chambers, Mayor Terry Bellamy and APD Chief William Anderson oversaw the promotions of three of the department’s officers.
Sgt. Mark Byrd was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Officer Jackie Stepp was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. A third officer promoted at this ceremony has since been removed from this post due to the nature of his assignment.
“These individuals worked extremely hard to prepare for this day and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments,” said Chief Anderson. “For me, it is an honor to be in a position to promote these individuals.”
Lieutenant Mark Byrd has 13 years of experience with the Asheville Police Department. During those 13 years he has served as a Patrol Officer, Drug Suppression Officer and Team Leader on the Emergency Response Team. He has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.
Sergeant Jackie Stepp has 7 years of experience with the Asheville Police Department. During those 7 years she has served as a Patrol Officer and Community Resource Officer. She has a Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Marketing from Western Carolina University and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Public Affairs program at Western Carolina University. She was selected in 2008 for the Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council Community Service Award.