The Kentucky State Police recognized the promotion of 52 officers throughout the state at a ceremony held today at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington. Three lieutenant colonels, four majors, eight captains, 13 lieutenants and 24 sergeants were commissioned.
Pikeville Post 9 promotions include: Capt. Sean P. Welch was promoted to major and transferred from Post 9 (Pikeville) to the Operations Division, East Troop.
Lt. Darren S. Stapleton was promoted to captain and transferred from Post 9 (Pikeville) to Post 7 (Richmond). A resident of Prestonsburg, Stapleton is an 18-year veteran of the agency.
Sgt. Donald J. Shearer was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations East to Post 9 (Pikeville). A resident of Banner, Shearer is a 14-year veteran of the agency.
Tpr. First Class Jerry (Jay) L. Perkins, Jr. was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 9 (Pikeville) to Post 12 (Frankfort). A resident of Whitesburg, Perkins is a 14-year veteran of the agency.