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No. 2 officer named
Cassady now is city’s deputy police chief
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Eddie Cassady

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Eddie Cassady, who until recently was Martinsville’s interim police chief, has been promoted to the No. 2 position in the city police department.

Cassady became deputy police chief effective Sunday, a city news release stated.

An employee of the department since October 1985, he had been captain of the Criminal Investigations/Services Division since 2001. After former chief Mike Rogers retired, he served as interim police chief from August until April.

As deputy chief, Cassady will continue overseeing the investigations unit. He will lead the police department when Chief Sean Dunn is away.

While serving as interim chief, “he did the job well,” Dunn said, adding that he knows “I have someone who can seamlessly run day-to-day operations of the police department” in his absence.

Dunn, who started his job as police chief in May, said he did not intend to make any promotions or other notable changes in the police department yet because he still is learning about the department’s operations.

But “in my brief tenure here,” Dunn wrote in the release, “Mr. Cassady has proven to be a significant asset and a true professional, and (he) has been a tremendous help in my transition to the position of police chief.”

Asked during a phone interview to elaborate, Dunn said that before he came to work in Martinsville, Cassady called and congratulated him on being named chief, pledged “his 100 percent” support and asked if there was anything he could do for him.

“He’s really gone overboard ... to ensure I have everything I need” to get started as the new police chief, from providing him with information about the department to information on computer programs it uses, Dunn added.

“He and I work well together,” Cassady said of Dunn. “I’m glad he’s here.”

Cassady said one of the things that has impressed him most about Dunn is the new chief’s desire to meet with each of the department’s officers to get their ideas on how to improve law enforcement locally.

That contrasts with some people who, when beginning a new job leading an organization, come in and start dictating how things will be done, Cassady emphasized.

Cassady earns an annual salary of $75,612, city personnel records show. His promotion did not come with a pay raise. He said he did not ask for one.

Amid financial constraints in city government, the police department is “trying to operate as frugally as possible,” Dunn said.

“We do what’s best” for the department, Cassady said.

In the release, Dunn said Cassady’s promotion “not only recognizes his long-standing contributions to this department and the community, but also provides a structured chain-of-command in the department and will allow a reassignment of certain administrative duties and responsibilities for a smoother and more efficient operation.”

City Manager Leon Towarnicki, who was not involved in the promotion, said the city is “fortunate in having a career professional” such as Cassady.

“He has been outstanding to work with, and I’m certain that will continue in his new role,” Towarnicki said.


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