HPD makes Wright first female sergeant in department

Joyce Wright

By Shelby Zacharias

Staff Writer

HERMISTON — Hermiston Police Department will soon swear in the first female sergeant to join their ranks.

Police Chief Dan. Coulombe announced yesterday that Patrol Officer Joyce Wright will be promoted to sergeant on March 1.

The promotion comes after PMW Associates of San Clemente, Calif. conducted an assessment for the department. Seven officers participated in the assessment which was facilitated by Dr. Paul M Whisenand.

It consisted of an evaluation of professional knowledge, interpersonal and team building skills, as well as written and verbal skills, analytical and problem solving ability, versatility and leadership.

According to Lt. Edmiston, after the evaluation, the chief makes the final decision based on what is the best fit for the department.

Wright has been a member of the Hermiston Police Department for 14 years. She was hired as a reserve officer in 1994 before she was hired full-time in 1998.

During her time with the department, Wright has had several assignments in addition to her patrol work including being the gang enforcement officer, K9 officer, school resource officer and department training officer.

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