KINGMAN - The Kingman Police Department is saying goodbye to a former officer of the year while celebrating the promotions of two others, including a sergeant shot in the line of duty in 2004, and who last year helped save an infant during a fatal domestic violence incident.
Lt. Dan Rodriguez, who has been with KPD since 1979, will be retiring this month. Rodriguez was named Officer of the Year in 1988 and worked his way through the ranks from patrol officer, to patrol sergeant to lieutenant.
He headed the investigations division, the School Resource Officer program and the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce (MAGNET).
Rodriquez's position of lieutenant will be taken over by former Sgt. Mark Chastain. Chastain started his law enforcement career as a detention officer with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office in 1990. He entered the police academy in 1993, became a deputy with the Sheriff's Office, and in 2002, he was promoted to sergeant while working at MAGNET.
Chastain was one of two KPD officers who got an infant out of harm's way after her mother was shot while handing her baby to police last August during a domestic violence incident.
He was shot in the shoulder in Dec. 2004 after he was fired upon by an 18-year-old Kingman man. The suspect was killed when Chastain returned fire. Investigators ruled that the officer acted in self-defense in the incident.
Chastain will take over duties heading up investigations, school resource officers and MAGNET.
Officer Dave Reif will take over Chastain's position as sergeant.
Reif became a detention officer with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office in 1991. He worked there for five years before attending the academy to become a deputy with the Sheriff's Office.
He worked as a deputy for nine years, during which time he became a defensive tactics instructor, range master and a detective with MAGNET.
Reif joined KPD in 2004 and worked in patrol. He also provided instruction at the academy and was a field-training officer and a range instructor for the department.
A badge ceremony will be held for newly promoted Chastain and Reif on Monday. KPD will hold a retirement party for Rodriquez today.