KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office has announced two recent promotions.
K9 Officer Stephen Padilla was recently promoted to patrol sergeant. Padilla started his career with MCSO as a deputy in 2001. He became partners with his K9, Zelig, in 2007 after attending training from Adlerhorst International Academy in Riverside, Calif.
Padilla grew up in Seilgman and graduated from Kingman High School in 1994. He and his wife, Mande, have been married for eight years and have three children.
Padilla said the best moment of his career so far was putting a career criminal in prison for 27 years for his involvement in a drive-by shooting and aggravated assault.
Sgt. Dean McKie of MCSO was recently promoted to lieutenant. He started his law enforcement career with MCSO more 17 years ago, first as a detention office and later as a deputy sheriff, where he served in the patrol division before becoming detective.
After four years in the detectives division, McKie returned to the patrol division where he was promoted to a patrol sergeant.
McKie was born in Colorado. He and his wife, Michelle, have a 16-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son
When McKie was asked about his goals for the patrol division, he said, "To maintain a professional atmosphere and instill professionalism throughout the division.
"Also, be proactive rather than reactive and get the public's assistance, as they know their community and their neighbors."